The Nobel Prize winner and education activist Malala Yousafzai called on the United Nations on Saturday to act and work to achieve peace in the Kashmir territory occupied by India so that children can resume their studies safely.
"I am asking leaders, in #UNGA and beyond, to work for peace in Kashmir, listen to the voices of Kashmir and help children return to school safely," he wrote in a post on Twitter.
Since the Indian government repealed article 370 of its constitution (stripping occupied Kashmir of its special status), a strict blockade and blackout of communications in the region has been imposed. Now it has been in place for more than 40 days.
The young Nobel laureate expressed his alarm at the oppressive conditions in which the cashmere lived.
"I am deeply concerned about the reports of 4,000 people, including children, arrested and arbitrarily imprisoned, about students who have not been able to attend school for more than 40 days, about girls who are afraid to leave their homes," he wrote.
In a series of tweets, Malala also shared her correspondence story with people from various walks of life during the past week, including journalists, human rights lawyers and students.
"I wanted to listen directly to the girls who lived in Kashmir right now. It took a lot of work from many people to get their stories due to the blackout of communications. Cashmere are isolated from the world and can't make their voices heard," she said.
Then he went on to quote the girls he had talked to.
“The best way to describe the situation in Kashmir right now is absolute silence. We have no way of discovering what is happening to us. Everything we could hear [were] The footsteps of the troops outside our windows. It was really scary, ”he described as a girl who told him.
According to Malala, another girl said she felt "purposeless and depressed" due to the restrictions that prevented her from going to school.
"I missed my exams on August 12 and I feel that my future is insecure now. I want to be a writer and become an independent and successful Kashmir woman. But it seems that it is getting harder and harder as this continues," Malala said. . like saying
One girl saw a glimmer of hope in the global outrage it had caused since the imposition of restrictions from India.
“People who speak for us increase our hope. I look forward to the day when Kashmir is freed from the misery we have been going through for decades, "Malala's story read about what the girl told her.