Malala Yousafzai's Upcoming Book Tells Stories Of Women Refugees

"We Are Displaced: True Stories Of Refugee Lives" also shares the Nobel Peace Prize recipient's own tale of displacement.

Malala Yousafzai just announced her third book will be published this year.

The Pakistani female education activist said her book, We Are Displaced: True Stories Of Refugee Lives, will be published on Sept. 4. Yousafzai, 20, a world-renowned human rights advocate and the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, survived an assassination attempt in 2012 for her activism in women’s education and was displaced from her home country.

The new book details Yousafzai’s own refugee story and will “share the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her various journeys to refugee camps and the cities where refugee girls and their families have settled,” according to a Monday press release from publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 

Yousafzai at an event in Mexico City, Mexico, on Aug. 31, 2017. 
Yousafzai at an event in Mexico City, Mexico, on Aug. 31, 2017. 

Yousafzai published her first book, a memoir and international bestseller titled I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Talibanin 2014. The second, a children’s book Malala’s Magic Pencil, was published in 2017. She currently attends Oxford University in England. 

Yousafzai explained to publishing news website The Bookseller why she chose to tackle the experiences of women refugees in her new book. 

“What tends to get lost in the current refugee crisis is the humanity behind the statistics. We hear about millions of refugees, hundreds of migrants trapped on a boat or in a truck, but it’s only when a truly shocking image appears in the news that people consider what’s really going on,” she said. 

She added that her own experience of being displaced from Pakistan after the attempt on her life gives her insight. 

“I know what it’s like to leave your home and everything you know. I know the stories of so many people who have had to do the same,” Yousafzai said. “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.” 

Proceeds from sales of We Are Displaced will go to the Malala Fund, a nonprofit Yousafzai and her father co-founded in 2013 to help educate every girl around the world.