#BringBackOurGirls: Teen Activist Malala Set To Meet Escaped Nigerian Chibok Girls


article-0-1F9CB6CE00000578-221_634x422Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban and made a miraculous recovery to become a global campaigner for education and women’s rights, will meet some of the girls who escaped from the notorious Boko Haram in a bid to draw attention to their cause.The 17-year-old, who arrived in Nigeria yesterday on her birthday, said she made the trip with her father Ziauddin in order to “honour the stories of these brave girls”.More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the militant Islamist group in April, and many are still being held captive. Malala, who is from Pakistan but who moved to Birmingham last year, gained worldwide attention after surviving the brutal assassination attempt in October 2012 and has continued to campaign for the right of girls across the globe to have an education ever since. After her arrival in Nigeria, and ahead of what has become designated ‘Malala Day’ tomorrow, the schoolgirl said: “This Malala Day, I have come to Nigeria, to honour the stories of these brave girls who have sacrificed so much to get an education and achieve their dreams.”Whether the schoolgirls still held in captivity by Boko Haram, to the school children caught in the crossfire of escalating violence in Gaza and Israel, to the 66 million girls today who can’t get the education that is their human right, my birthday wish this year is that we all raise our voices so that those without a voice can be heard. Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai (right) holds a picture of kidnapped schoolgirl Sarah Samuel with her mother Rebecca Samuel, during a visit to Abuja, Nigeria. SEE MORE ON PAGE2

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