Malala Yousafzai traveled to Nigeria to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan in an effort to find and save the 219 schoolgirls who have been kidnapped by Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram.
Malala Yousafzai, 17, is desperate to find the 219 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped on April 14. The inspiring young Pakistani teen met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in an effort to pressure him into working harder to recover the girls, who were taken from their boarding school by the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram.
Malala Yousafzai Meets With Nigerian President About Boko Haram Kidnappings
Malala continues to fight for women’s rights to an education everywhere.
On Sunday, July 13, the 17-year-old Pakistani teenager traveled to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, to meet with the country’s president about the kidnapping crisis, reports the LA Times.
After her meeting, Malala revealed that the president assured her he would not only meet with the families of the kidnapped girls, but that he would work harder to uncover their location and bring them home.
This extremely important meeting came just one day before the three month anniversary of the first kidnappings, in which over 200 schoolgirls were taken from their boarding school. It was later revealed that Boko Haram was responsible for taking the girls.
“The president has expressed his solidarity with those girls and his sadness. He has assured that these girls will come back home safely. He has several options but that he will choose the best to ensure the girls are released safely,” Malala explained during a press conference. You can watch video from her press address below.
Malala also revealed that the president refers to the kidnapped girls as his “daughters.” So sad.
“My birthday wish this year is ‘bring back our girls’ now and alive,” Malala shared. She is truly a heroic young girl who continues to inspire girls and women everywhere.
Malala Continues To Promote #BringBackOurGirls
The Nigerian kidnappings sparked international outrage, and inspired high-profile celebrities and politicians to participate in a social media campaign: #BringBackOurGirls.
The campaign was designed to spread awareness, as well as inspire international politicians to lend a helping hand in uncovering the location of the kidnapped schoolgirls.
You can click into the gallery above to see which celebrities and politicians are fighting for the release of the over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls.
— Lauren Cox
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