Malala to Obama: US use of drones is 'fueling terrorism'

Young author and human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai had quite a tour of the United States this week. In the video above, she manages to flap the unflappable Jon Stewart, and it's a great segment. The 16-year-old student from Pakistan was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out in support of the right of girls and women to go to school.

She also met this week with US President Barack Obama. Both of them have been nominated for Nobel Prizes; Obama won in 2009, Malala was nominated this year but did not win. From the Washington Post:

Yousafzai said she was honored to meet Obama and that she raised concerns with him about the administration's use of drones, saying they are "fueling terrorism."

"I thanked President Obama for the United States' work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees," Yousafzai said in a statement published by the Associated Press. "I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact."

She speaks to this same point in the Daily Show interview, starting at about 13:25 in.

She was in the United States to promote her memoir, "I am Malala," and spoke at the World Bank on Friday.


President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter, Malia, meet with Malala Yousafzai in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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