“I know what it’s like to leave your home and everything you know.”
Less than five years after the publication of her best-selling memoir, Malala Yousafzai is set to publish her next book, which will focus on refugees.
“We Are Displaced” will introduce readers to “what it means to lose your home, your community, and the only world you’ve ever known,” according to British magazine The Bookseller. The non-fiction work will be based on her experience as a refugee from Pakistan as well as the stories of girls she has met while visiting refugee camps.
“I know what it’s like to leave your home and everything you know,” the 20-year-old international activist explained. “I know the stories of so many people who have had to do the same. I hope that by sharing the stories of those I have met in the last few years I can help others understand what’s happening and have compassion for the millions of people displaced by conflict.”
“We Are Displaced” is set to be released worldwide on Sept. 4, and is already available for pre-order on Amazon.
Yousafzai’s flagship issue is worldwide access to education for girls, and within that work she has consistently addressed the global refugee crisis. Her organization, the Malala Fund, supports education programs for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, and she has been an outspoken opponent of anti-refugee policies, including those of President Donald Trump.
The Nobel laureate began her life of advocacy as a blogger for BBC Urdu when she was just 11 years old, writing under a penname about life in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley of Pakistan. When her identity was discovered, she spoke out against the Taliban’s ban on girls attending school and in 2012, Taliban fighters shot her in the face, nearly killing her, in retaliation. Her tragedy and activism caught the attention of both the Pakistani and international media.
Yousafzai survived and, upon her recovery, she and her family were granted asylum in the United Kingdom. She continues to live in the UK today and is currently a first-year student in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at Oxford University, a degree held by much of the UK’s political elite.
“We Are Displaced” is Yousafzai’s third book. Her memoir and first book, “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban,” which she wrote when she was only 15 years old, has sold nearly two million copies worldwide. She has also published “Malala’s Magic Pencil,” a children’s picture book about growing up in Pakistan and dreaming of a magic pencil with the power to solve the world’s problems.