Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for standing up for girls’ education, has been on the Syria-Jordan border offering support to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.
Videos posted on the Malala Fund’s YouTube page on Monday purportedly show Yousafzai and her father watching as Syrian refugees, many carrying small children and a few possessions, crossed the border on foot into Jordan.
Other videos show Yousafzai, who has become a global advocate for children’s education since her near-death experience in October 2012, playing football with Syrian children in a refugee camp on the outskirts of the Jordanian capital Amman.
And this photo tweeted by the Malala Fund shows Yousafzai meeting with UNHCR's representative in Jordan, Andrew Harper.
— Malala Fund (@MalalaFund) February 17, 2014
According to the UN Refugee Agency, there are 2.4 million registered Syrian refugees.
Most have fled to neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, with some going further to North Africa and Europe.
The total number of Syrian refugees registered in Jordan is 571,457, according to the latest figures published by the UN Refugee Agency.
— Andrew Harper (@And_Harper) February 17, 2014
More arrive every day as the bloody conflict in Syria continues.
GlobalPost Senior Correspondent Tracey Shelton has reported on the country's violent civil war and its ever-widening effects.
Malala herself is a divisive figure who has won praise and humanitarian awards in the West, while continuing to be viewed with skepticism in Pakistan. She currently lives in the United Kingdom with her family, and was reportedly nominated for the 2014 World Children's Prize earlier in February.
This isn't Malala's first involvement with Syrian refugees. Last September, she joined former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in calling on the international community to contribute $500 million toward the education of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.