Malala Yousafzai is in Nigerian capital Abuja to express her support for the campaingn to bring back over 200 Nigerian girls home who were kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram in last April. Mala had meeting with the parents of the kidnapped girls on Sunday July 13, 2014. She will also meet with the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan during her visit.
Malala told the distressed parents of the kidnapped girls that she will work actively in the campaign to bring back the girls safely to continue their education.
“I’m going to participate actively in the ‘bring back our girls’ campaign to make sure that they return safely and they continue their education,” said Malala, reported BBC.
“I can see those girls as my sisters … and I’m going to speak up for them until they are released,” added the Pakistani rights activist.
When some of the parents broke down into tears during the meeting, Malala said, “I can feel … the circumstances under which you are suffering. It’s quite difficult for a parent to know that their daughter is in great danger”.
Malala who is celebrating her 17th birthday in Nigeria on Monday said, “My birthday wish this year is.. bring back our girls now and alive.”
Malala was shot in the head by Pakistani Talibans for raising her voice for the rights of women to education. Boko Haram is also Taliban inspired militant group that has killed thousands to establish Islamic state in Nigeria. Over 200 girls were kidnapped in April from the school and Boko Haram leader had threatened to sell the girls if his militants are not released.
Malala along with Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie used the twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls to pressurize the Nigerian authorities to take action for bringing the abducted girls back. The girls are still in the custody of Boko Haram.