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Nobel winner Malala visits camp for Burundi refugees

Published 14/07/2016

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has been visiting refugee camps (AP)
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has been visiting refugee camps (AP)

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has visited a camp of Burundi refugees to encourage girls to pursue their education despite the challenges they face.

The 19-year-old advocate for girls' education toured the camp in Rwanda after visiting the world's largest refugee camp earlier this week in Kenya.

The refugees in the Mahama camp in Rwanda have fled the ongoing turmoil in neighbouring Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision last year to pursue another term led to protests and killings. Peace talks were reported to have stalled this week.

The camp holds more than 48,000 refugees and Rwanda's government recently provided more land to double the space available for them.

Malala also met Rwanda's president on Wednesday.

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