Malala urges Burundi’s President to release jailed students
Nobel laureate said a country’s next generation would only be successful after acquiring an education.
In May, Burundian government officials jailed at least eleven high school students for defacing the photos of the president.
It is important to mention here that his decision in 2015 to run the country for another term triggered violent protests.
“These children should be in school, not in jail,” Malala said during her recent visit to a Burundian refugee camp in Rwanda.
She told them her story when she was shot as a student in Pakistan in 2012 for speaking out for girls’ education.
“Be strong like me and never give up,” she told children at the camp.
The 19-year-old advocate for girls’ education from Pakistan encouraged young refugees to never to give up on their ambitions.
More than 2,700 Burundian children at the camp, which holds over 48,000 refugees, are not attending school.
Malala urged international donors to do more since the refugee girls have no access to education because of limited funding.
The refugees in Mahama camp fled the turmoil in Burundi, where Nkurunziza’s government has been accused by rights groups of targeting opposition members.