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Malala Yousafzai meets flood victims in Dadu

Malala Yousafzai was accompanied by Provincial Education Minister Sardar Shah, Sindh Health Minister Azra Fazal Pechuho, and singer-turned-activist Shehzad Roy.

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Malala Yousafzai visited Dadu district in Sindh and met flood victims on Wednesday. The Noble Prize laureate talked to the female flood victims and commended them for their bravery.

She interacted with the flood victims, heard their plights, and inspected the tent city set up for the victims. Female flood victims welcomed her in their tents. “You all are facing a difficult time,” she told the victims.

Malala Yousafzai was accompanied by Provincial Education Minister Sardar Shah, Sindh Health Minister Azra Fazal Pechuho, and singer-turned-activist Shehzad Roy. Authorities briefed Malala Yousafzai regarding education and school damage due to floods.

Her visit, according to Yousafzai’s non-profit organization, Malala Fund, “aims to help keep international attention focused on the impact of floods in Pakistan and reinforce the need for critical humanitarian aid.”

“About 2 million children studying in 12,000 schools have been affected by the floods,” he informed. Shah also said that there are still many areas where water is accumulated. Adding that a survey will be done to assess the damage to schools after the water is drained out.

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Malala expressed concern about the loss of education of children due to floods. She was also briefed on the condition of water in Dadu by DC Murtaza Shah. On Tuesday, she visited a school in Karachi and stressed the need for improvement in the quality of education for children, especially for girls. She visited a school in the Central District of Karachi and stayed there for an hour.

Yousafzai arrived in Pakistan, along with her family, to visit the flood-affected areas.  She will raise awareness regarding the devastating flood in Pakistan. Malala will extend monetary assistance to the flood victims through her charity organization, Malala Fund.

In September, Malala Fund released an emergency relief grant to the International Rescue Committee. The funds will be used to provide psychosocial support to girls and women in flood-affected areas in Sindh and Balochistan. Funds will be spent to provide education to the girls and build and rehabilitate the ten damaged government schools for girls.