Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yusufzai has told the US President that drone strikes in her country are “fuelling terrorism”.
The 16-year-old schoolgirl, who was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunmen who attacked her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, met Barack Obama and the First Lady in the White House.
"I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees," she said after the meeting.
Malala with her father Ziauddin in Edgbaston, Birmingham
"I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fuelling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people.
"If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact."
The US military and the CIA have carried out hundreds of drone strikes against militant groups in the northwest Pakistan since 2004.
But the Pakistani government complains that they also frequently kill civilians and turn ordinary people against Islamabad and the US.
Malala attracted the anger of the Taliban by writing a blog chronicling the challenges of daily life under the Islamists.
Hundreds of drone strikes have been reported in Pakistan
She is now living in Britain, where she underwent treatment for the injuries sustained in the attack, and campaigns for girls’ right to education.
Mr Obama praised the teenager for her “inspiring and passionate work” and signed a proclamation to mark the International Day of the Girl.
A statement issued by the White House said: “The United States joins with the Pakistani people and so many around the world to celebrate Malala’s courage and her determination to promote the right of all girls to attend school and realise their dreams.”
Malala had been among the favourites for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, but the award was handed to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
In 2012 Barack Obama condemned Malala’s shooting as “barbaric”. White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “I know that the President found the news reprehensible and disgusting and tragic.”
The teenager was treated in Britain following her shooting in 2012
The Pakistani army retook control of Swat later that year, and Malala received the country’s highest civilian award.
Since then she has been nominated for several international awards for child activists - including the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize which she won earlier in the week - and has written a book about her campaign work called I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban.
Last week Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the group stood by its decision to target the teenager, who he said “targeted and criticised Islam”.
"She accepted that she attacked Islam so we we tried to kill her, and if we get another chance we will definitely kill her and that will make us feel proud.
"Islam prohibits killing women, but excepts those that support the infidels in their war against our religion."
Have you ever stood in a line for WIC? PREGNANT WOMEN WILL WAIT AS LONG AS SIX HOURS with noisy toddlers to get their coupons for free proteins like cheese and dry beans. DRY BEANS. They can’t otherwise afford this necessary food to meet their monthly protein requirement to have healthy babies.
Do people honestly have any idea what sort of a problem food is in this country and how many children don’t have regular access to healthy meals? Do they know how many pregnant women don’t get the proper nutrition?
Fuck you Republicans.
I’m not even tagging these posts “politics.” This is basic humanity; it’s not me being a liberal—it’s me being a decent human and these congresstwits being INHUMAN.
When I tried to explain this to my friend in Canada she assumed I was making this up, because no one could be that cartoonishly evil.
Im on WIC as well as the woman I baby sit f or who has a 6 month old. I use their food to keep my milk supply up so its not as big of a deal but she needs it for formula and solids.Formula is $20 (sometimes more sometimes a smidge less) a can. Thats what most babies LIVE OFF OF. These families NEED this shit. Im giving her all the solid food I have that my son cant eat.
WIC is for pregnant women and children 5 and under. Its fucking milk, peanut butter, non-flavored cereal (cheerios), cheese, bread, eggs and dry beans. ITS SO IMPORTANT.
When I first got on wic I was scared, hungry and pregnant. We had lost our home, my husband lost his job and we were STARVING. There was literally nothing to eat and they helped us get to a food bank for the day, got us in to a class where they were giving out grocery gift cards and set us up with some checks. i wouldnt have eaten if it werent for WIC.
They are fucking monsters.
WIC is one of the few things that saved my family from the streets/starvation and Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck ANYONE trying to excuse this shit
My 18 month old nephew was born with zero kidney function.
They put stints into his tiny body to help improve that.
He still only has one working kidney and that’s only 70%.
Because of this he nurses or is drinking something almost constantly, and he still needs a special formula to get proper nutrition.
This formula costs $120 a JAR. He needs a jar a WEEK.
WIC will only give my sister checks for this formula, they don’t get any of the normal WIC checks, just this formula my baby nephew NEEDS TO LIVE.
Now he won’t even get THAT.
As a wic baby now grown, I signal boost this rage.
Another WIC baby chiming in. That program kept me and my three siblings fed while my dad was striking for better wages in the ’80s.
Also a WIC baby who raised a WIC baby, also a formerly single mum raised by a single mum on a reservation.
I also knew so many people back home on the rez who depended on WIC (and commods if anyone is familiar with that) to get by, especially when fishing was slow and/or low or closed for spawning.
This shutdown has awakened new rage in me.