'We Are Displaced': Malala's new book hits the stands

04:10 PM | 10 Jan, 2019
'We Are Displaced': Malala's new book hits the stands
ISLAMABAD – Six years after her internationally bestselling memoir I Am Malala, a new book of Pakistan’s female rights activist Malala Yousafzai is out now.

Weidenfeld & Nicolson (W&N) published the book, We Are Displaced, in hardback, audio and e-book, according to the Bookseller.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was among the first persons to congratulate the youngest ever Nobel laureate on her new book.

Bill Gates replying to Malala on Twitter post, tweeted, “I can’t think of a better person to bring these stories to light. Congratulations Malala.”

He expressed his gratitude to Malala and said Malala had shared that her new book "We Are Displaced" is a collection of stories from refugee girls around the world- harrowing journeys lost loved ones and longing for home.

In "We Are Displaced," Malala shares her own journey and those of displaced young women around the world. Their stories are important reminders that even when girls are forced from their homes, they don't leave behind their dreams for the future.

More than 68.5 million people are currently living as refugees or internally displaced people — the majority are children and most are girls. In Malala Yousafzai’s new book, "We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World," she introduces the girls behind the numbers.

"What tends to get lost in the current refugee crisis is the humanity behind the statistics," says Malala. "We hear about millions of refugees, hundreds of migrants trapped on a boat or in a truck, but it’s only when a truly shocking image appears in the news that people consider what’s really going on.”

Forced to flee their homes because of conflict, persecution or natural disaster, refugees experience on average of 20 years of insecurity. That often means no home, no education and no country to call their own.

The book opens with Malala’s own story of displacement. As a child, her family fled Taliban rule and lived as displaced people in other parts of Pakistan. After relocating to Birmingham following her attack, Malala was unable to return to her home country for six years.

“We Are Displaced” introduces girls from Colombia, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and around the world — many of whom Malala has met through her campaign for girls’ education. They share their stories of struggle, triumph and hope.

The book is available now in Australia, New Zealand, UK and US. The proceeds from sales of the book will go toward Malala Fund’s work supporting girls’ education in conflict.

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In October 2017, Yousafzai had released a children’s book with Puffin, illustrated by Sebastien Cosset and Marie Pommepuy, called Malala’s Magic Pencil, telling her story to a younger audience. It has since sold 5,321 copies in paperback.

According to W&N, the sharing of these “urgent” stories will serve as an important reminder that “everyone deserves universal human rights and a home”.