'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.

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”.

The writer is a member of the staff.


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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