Read Malala’s Hopeful Letter to Abducted Schoolgirls
On the one-year anniversary of their abduction, Malala Yousafzai sent a heart-warming message to the 276 Chibok girls who were kidnapped by the extremist militant group Boko Haram. Her message ensures that the schoolgirls have not been forgotten.
In an open letter, Yousafzai wrote: “We will always stand with you. Today and everyday 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.,” reports Mashable.
As a victim of Islamist extremists attacks against schoolgirls, this issue hits close to home for Yousafzai. In 2012, Taliban members attacked her school and she suffered a fatal shot to the head because she was campaigning for the educational rights of girls. Luckily, she survived the attack and then became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize-winner.
Yousafzai doesn’t want the positive messages to end here. Her nonprofit organization The Malala Fund issued an appeal for supporters to send their own letters of encouragement to solidify the idea that the missing Nigerian girls are not forgotten. She encourages supporters to use the hashtag #DearSisters on Twitter or to submit a message through her website.
As a long time advocate for this issue, Yousafzai remains determined to bring awareness for the kidnapped girls. In July 2014, she met with Nigerian President on her 17th birthday. “My birthday wish this year is ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ now and alive,” she said. “Let them be free. They have committed no crime.”