Pakistani Nobel Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai touching letter to the missing Chibok girls

April 14, 2015 1:58 am

17 yr old Pakistani education activist and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient Malala
Yousafzai, wrote a touching letter to missing to
commemorate their 1 year in captivity. In the letter, Malala who was in
in July 2014, said she will never forget them and called on
Nigerian and World leaders to do more towards the rescue of the
kidnapped girls. Full text of her letter below…

To my brave sisters, the kidnapped schoolgirls of Chibok,
On this first anniversary of your captivity, I write to you with a
message of solidarity, love and hope. My name is Malala. I am a
Pakistani girl your age. I am one of the
millions of people around the world who keep you and your families
foremost in our thoughts and prayers. We cannot imagine the full extent
of the horrors you have endured. But please know this: we will never
forget you. We will always stand with you.

Today and every day, we call
on the Nigerian authorities and the international community to do more
to bring you home. We will not rest until you have been reunited with
your families.

Like you, I was a target of militants who did
not want girls to go to school. Gunmen shot me and two of my friends on a
school bus. All three of us survived and are back in school. Now we
speak out on behalf of all girls about the right to get a proper
education. Our campaign will continue until you and all girls and boys
around the world are able to access a free, safe and quality secondary
education.
Last July, I spent my 17th birthday in Nigeria with
some of your parents and five of your classmates who escaped the
kidnapping. Your parents are grief-stricken. They love you, and they
miss you. My father and I wept and prayed with your parents – and they
touched our hearts.

The escapee schoolgirls my father and I met
impressed us with their resolve to overcome their challenges and to
complete their high school education. My father and I promised your
parents and the girls who had escaped that we would do all we could to
help them. I met Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and urged him to
work harder for your freedom. I also asked President Jonathan to meet
your parents and the girls who escaped the kidnapping, which he did a
few days later. Still, in my opinion, Nigerian leaders and the
international community have not done enough to help you. They must do
much more to help secure your release. I am among many people pressuring
them to make sure you are freed.

There are reasons for hope
and optimism. 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.

You will have the opportunity to receive the education you want and
deserve. The Malala Fund and other organizations offered all your
classmates who escaped the kidnapping full scholarships to complete
their secondary education. Most of the escapee girls accepted this
scholarship and are now continuing their studies at a safe boarding
school and with the support they need. We hope to someday extend that
same scholarship to all 219 of you, when you return home.

Remember that one day your tragic ordeal will end, you will be reunited
with your families and friends, and you will have the chance to finish
the education you courageously sought. 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.

Your sister,
Malala

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