Malala Yousafzai and Muzoon Almellehan Rally for Education

By Lindsay Cooper Seventeen-year-old Syrian refugee, Muzoon Almellehan, has found an ally in Malala Yousafzai. The two girls have similar pasts, having both been victims of extremists in their home countries, and now stand for the same cause: providing education to those who have been denied it. Muzoon Almellehan fled from her home in Daara, Syria in 2013, taking refuge in Jordan for two years before resettling in the UK late last year, where she was welcomed by Malala.  Over these past three years, Muzoon realized the education crisis refugee children were undergoing, and after meeting Malala aimed to make a change. “[Malala] encouraged me to continue raising my voice on behalf of Syrian children like me who are trying to get an education despite the conflict that has forced us to leave our homes or shut our schools.” Last week the duo launched a petition on Change.org, which urges world leaders to find the $1.4 billion to ensure every one of the 3.5 million children affected by the crisis in Syria receives an education. The petition has received tremendous support from the international community, having earned nearly 65,000 signatures of the needed 75,000. The decision regarding this issue (and many others regarding refugees) is to be made at the Syrian Conference, to be held on February 4 in the UK. If the world’s superpowers decide not to increase budgets to the education of refugee children, the number of Syrian children getting an education will remain stagnant. With only one in five child refugees currently in school, many fear this will damage the future population of Syria beyond repair. You can sign the petition here. Image Credit: Change.org

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