No­bel win­ner Malala slams Trump's child sep­a­ra­tion pol­icy

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RIO DE JANEIRO - No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ate Malala Yousafzai de­scribed as "cruel" a pol­icy launched by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to sep­a­rate chil­dren of il­le­gal im­mi­grants from their fam­i­lies, dur­ing her first visit to South Amer­ica to pro­mote girls' ed­u­ca­tion.

More than 2 300 chil­dren were separated from their par­ents af­ter the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion be­gan a "zero tol­er­ance" pol­icy on il­le­gal im­mi­grants in early in May, seek­ing to pros­e­cute all adults who cross the bor­der il­le­gally from Mex­ico into the United States. Trump stopped sep­a­rat­ing fam­i­lies last month fol­low­ing pub­lic out­rage and court chal­lenges.

"This is cruel, this is un­fair and this is in­hu­mane. I don't know how any­one could do that," Yousafzai told Reuters on Wednes­day. "I hope that the chil­dren can be to­gether with their par­ents." Her stern words con­trasted with her ef­fu­sive praise last year for Canada's em­brace of refugees un­der Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau. At the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum in Davos this year, Malala also ques­tioned Trump's record on women's rights. Yousafzai, known widely by her first name, was vis­it­ing Rio de Janeiro to kick off the ex­pan­sion of her ed­u­ca­tion char­ity, the Malala Fund, into Latin Amer­ica, start­ing with Brazil. Her aim in Brazil, Latin Amer­ica's largest econ­omy, is to ad­vo­cate for more pub­lic spend­ing on ed­u­ca­tion, a tall task af­ter the coun­try passed a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment freez­ing fed­eral spend­ing in real terms for two decades in or­der to re­duce pub­lic debt. Reuters

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