Malala Yousafzai’s statement on President Trump’s latest executive order on refugees

By Malala Fund, Facebook,
28 January 2017.

“I am heartbroken that
today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers
fleeing violence and war. I am heartbroken that America is turning its back on
a proud history of welcoming refugees and immigrants — the people who helped
build your country, ready to work hard in exchange for a fair chance at a new

I am heartbroken that Syrian
refugee children, who have suffered through six years of war by no fault of
their own, are singled-out for discrimination.

I am heartbroken for girls like
my friend Zaynab, who fled wars in three countries — Somalia, Yemen and Egypt —
before she was even 17. Two years ago she received a visa to come to the United
States. She learned English, graduated high school and is now in college
studying to be a human rights lawyer.

Zaynab was separated from her
little sister when she fled unrest in Egypt. Today her hope of being reunited
with her precious sister dims.

In this time of uncertainty and
unrest around the world, I ask President Trump not to turn his back on the
world’s most defenseless children and families.”