In a poignant essay published in the New York Times, Malala Yousafzai rebels against the fate of Afghan girls, who will most likely be denied their right to an education after the Taliban took over the government.

“Afghan girls and young women are once again where I have been — in despair over the thought that they might never be allowed to see a classroom or hold a book again”, she deplores, citing reports of female students being locked out of their universities and female workers being turned away from their offices.

In 2012, whe she was 15, Malala miraculously survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban upon coming home from school. She had been sentenced to death by the Taliban leadership for her activism for girl education, but she lived to become the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of the most respected champions of female education.