Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai finally breaks silence over the act of brutality happening in Occupied Kashmir. She also condemned the atrocities happening in the occupied valley.
She urged the world leaders to work towards peace in the region. Social activist took to Twitter and expressed that she spent time talking to people living and working in Kashmir to be aware of the ongoing situation in the occupied valley, “In the last week, I’ve spent time speaking with people living and working in Kashmir; journalists, human rights lawyers, and students.”
Malala continues saying that it was hard for her to get the stories of Kashmiri girls owing to communication blackout by India, “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. #LetKashmirSpeak"
She started sharing the stories of three different residents of the occupied Kashmir. One of the stories told that the silence is prevailing in the streets of Kashmir, and all they could hear is the footsteps of the Indian troops, "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.”
And then Malala continues to post about another Kashmiri girl who was scared for her future, she was depressed and insecure. She shares ' “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.”
" People speaking out for us adds to our hope. I am longing for the day when Kashmir will be free of the misery we’ve been going through for decades,” story of another girl shared by Malala.
Malala then expressed concerns for the detained Kashmiris and students who aren't able to attend school in the prevailing 40 long curfew, "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.”
She concluding after requesting the global bodies to raise their voice for Kashmiris and to work towards peace in the valley. "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 shares.