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Malala Yousafzai Explains Why Donald Trump's Muslim Ban Comments Are Dangerous

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Malala Yousafzai is just 18 years old, but she’s proven herself to be a powerful force on the international stage. After being shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting women’s education, she went on to become the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize. 

Despite her persistence in fighting for the rights of women, she doesn’t seem to have too much patience for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, whom Yousafzai slammed during an event in Birmingham, England on Dec. 15. The event was in honor of the 150 people who died when the Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar, Pakistan one year ago.

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During the event, Yousafzai took questions from multiple news agencies and explained why Trump's controversial comments could have dire consequences.

"It's important that whatever politicians say, whatever the media say, they should be really, really careful about it," Yousafzai told Channel 4 in the United Kingdom after being asked about the "wild things being said about Islam and Muslims," the Huffington Post notes.

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"If your intention is to stop terrorism, do not try to blame the whole population of Muslims for it because it cannot stop terrorism," she added. "It will radicalize more terrorists."

Trump attracted ire from both sides of the aisle and around the globe when he called to ban all Muslims from immigrating into the United States, refugees or not. 

"Well, that's really tragic that you hear these comments which are full of hatred, full of this ideology of being discriminative towards others,” Yousafzai told the AFP news agency, according to BBC.

"I have to say that whether it's Western media or Eastern media, if they only blame 1.6 billion Muslims for terrorists attacks then terrorism can't be defeated, that just leads to creating more anger in people and leads to producing more terrorists," she added to BBC.

Sources: BBC, The Huffington Post / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons (2)