Malala Yousafzai to release book based on refugees' real lives

Published: March 13, 2018
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This autumn, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is coming out with a new book. We Are Displaced: True Stories of Refugee Lives gathers “the personal stories of some of the incredible girls [Malala] has met on her various journeys to refugee camps and where refugee girls have settled with their families,” according to a Monday press release from Little, Brown and Company, reported Bustle.

Regarding We Are Displaced, Malala stated, “What tends to get lost in the current refugee crisis is the humanity behind the statistics… We hear about millions of refugees, hundreds of migrants trapped on a boat or in a truck but it’s only when a truly shocking image appears in the news that people consider what’s really going on.”

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She continued, “I know what it’s like to leave your home and everything you know. I know the stories of so many people who have had to do the same. I hope that by sharing the stories of those I have met in the last few years, I can help others understand what’s happening and create compassion for the millions of people displaced by conflict.”

In 2012, Malala was shot in the head by a Talibani assassin, after which she made international headlines. Before that, she was known as a student blogger for BBC Urdu, who wrote about her life as a schoolgirl living in the Swat Valley, Pakistan.

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PHOTO: TRIBUNE

Following the assassination attempt , Malala was airlifted to Peshawar and later to the UK, where she lives today. She addressed the United Nations nine months later and at 17, she became the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize.

Malala currently studies at Oxford University, pursuing a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics.

We Are Displaced: True Stories of Refugee Lives is not Malala’s first book. In addition to her 2012 memoir I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Malala has also published a picture book titled Malala’s Magic Pencil.

Malala. PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

Proceeds from the sales of We Are Displaced will go to the Malala Fund, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to making primary and secondary education available to every girl. The book comes out on September 4, 2018 and is available for pre-order today.

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