Malala writes letter to Chibok girls one year after kidnap (READ)

by Chinwe Okafor


Nobel peace laureate 17-year old Malala Yousafzai wrote a letter to the Chibok girls as they mark one year of their abduction by Boko Haram on the 14th of April, 2014. Calling them her heroes, she says Nigerian leaders and the international community have failed them, “In my opinion, Nigerian leaders and the international community have not done enough to help you,” she said in a letter to the teenagers, on the eve of the first anniversary of their abduction.“They must do much more to help secure your release. I am among many people pressuring them to make sure you are freed.”

“Nigerian forces are re-gaining territory and protecting more schools, Nigeria’s newly elected president, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed to make securing your freedom a top priority and promised his government will not tolerate violence against women and girls.”

Malala, 17, also wrote of her own experiences at the hands of militants in her native Pakistan. She was nearly killed by the Taliban in October 2012 for insisting that girls had a right to an education. She recovered and became a global champion of girls’ rights to go to school. A fund set up in her name would ensure the girls will continue their education after their release, she said, urging them not to give up hope, “I look forward to the day I can hug each one of you, pray with you and celebrate your freedom with your families. Until then, stay strong and never lose hope. You are my heroes.”

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