In only her second trip home since being shot by the Taliban ten years ago, Nobel Peace winner Malala Yousafzai met with those affected by Pakistan’s deadly monsoon floods on Wednesday.
This summer’s devastating flooding forced eight million people to leave their homes, submerged a third of Pakistan, and resulted in estimated damage of $28 billion. Authorities are also facing a health catastrophe caused by malaria, dengue fever, and malnutrition among flood victims who are residing in tens of thousands of improvised camps around the nation.
According to a statement issued by the office of the provincial chief minister, Yousafzai visited shelters in rural Sindh province and spoke with women who had escaped their flooded villages, praising them as “extremely brave.”
She also highlighted her worries about the effects on education, noting that 2,000,000 students were missing school and 12,000 schools were damaged. Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban, a separate organisation that shares ideologies with the Afghan Taliban, when she was just 15 years old because of her campaign in the Swat Valley for girls’ education.