Malala’s words about drone strikes to President Obama go unreported by the White House – and the BBC


John Tyrrell draws our attention to Malala Yousafzai’s October 11th visit to the White House, She told Barack Obama that his administration’s drone strikes are fuelling terrorism.

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As McClatchy’s Lesley Clark reported:

In a statement released after the meeting, Malala said she was honored to meet with Obama, but that she told him she’s worried about the effect of U.S. drone strikes:

“I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees,” she said in the statement. “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.”

The White House statement didn’t mention that.

Nor did the BBC’s report.

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