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Malala Yousafzai: ‘Biden Has to Defend the People of Afghanistan’


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The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai is concerned about the situation in Afghanistan. The Pakistani activist spoke to El País of Spain about the situation in the country following the Taliban takeover of the territory.

In this regard, she highlighted the danger faced by women and girls. She also called on world leaders to take responsibility for the future of thousands of people. “I am deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan. Especially for the safety of women and girls,” Yousafzai said.

Malala Yousafzai to Joe Biden

Malala also called on Joe Biden to make decisions that will benefit Afghans. She maintained that, in her opinion, there are still many things that the American president can do and stressed that he has to take firm steps in the face of the situation.

“Biden has a lot to do and he has to take a firm step to protect the people of Afghanistan,” he said.

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Afghanistan is in crisis, after the Taliban took over most of its territory. In fact, the Chilean journalist Jorge Said (who is in Afghan territory) pointed out on Wednesday that some measures of the new regime have already begun to take effect and that women are not allowed to go out on the streets.

 Malala Yousafzai expresó su preocupación por la seguridad de las mujeres afganas  EFE/EPA/GHULAMULLAH HABIBI
Malala Yousafzai expressed her concern for the safety of Afghan women. (EFE)

“They gave orders for the women to stay in the rooms and they can only go for breakfast, all together. There can be no contact with the men. In the street there is very loud music. I went to a supermarket and asked what that music was and they told us it was Taliban religious music,” Said claimed.

Yesterday, at least two people were also killed and others wounded while participating in a large protest in favor of the Afghan tricolor flag.