With the Kashmir issue still standing firmly, Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai took over Twitter to enlighten others with her recent firsthand experience with Kashmiris and urged for immediate help for the children.
In a Twitter thread, Malala talked about how she has spent a week trying to get a hold of Kashmir residents and to find out their living conditions at the time. “I wanted to hear directly from girls living in Kashmir right now. It took a lot of work from a lot of people to get their stories because of the communications blackout. Kashmiris are cut off from the world and unable to make their voices heard,” she wrote.
She further briefed everyone with the accounts of what the girls told her. “Here is what three girls told me, in their own words: “The best way to describe the situation in Kashmir right now is absolute silence. We have no way of finding out what’s happening to us. All we could hear is the steps of troops outside our windows. It was really scary,” she wrote.
“I feel purposeless and depressed because I can’t go to school. I missed my exams on August 12 and I feel my future is insecure now. I want to be a writer and grow to be an independent, successful Kashmiri woman. But it seems to be getting more difficult as this continues,” her thread continued.
On a concluding note, she expressed her profound concern about Kashmir’s current circumstances and urged the UNGA to take all steps necessary to make sure the kids get out of their constant state of fear and start going back to school.
“I am deeply concerned about reports of 4,000 people, including children, arbitrarily arrested & jailed, about students who haven’t been able to attend school for more than 40 days, about girls who are afraid to leave their homes. I am asking leaders, at UNGA and beyond, to work towards peace in Kashmir, listen to Kashmiri voices and help children go safely back to school,” she wrote.
Check out the full thread.
In the last week, I’ve spent time speaking with people living and working in #Kashmir – journalists, human rights lawyers and students.
— Malala (@Malala) September 14, 2019