Malala campaigns on behalf of abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria
Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 00:44
Malala Yousafzai visits Nigeria to campaign on behalf of the schoolgirls abducted by rebel group, Boko Haram. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Malala Yousafzai on Sunday (July 13), met with the organizers of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign in Nigeria to lend her support to the campaign to rescue over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in northeast Nigeria.
The girls were kidnapped by rebel group Boko Haram while at school.
Some have tried to escape, but it is believed that over 200 of the girls are still held in captivity.
Yousafzai was shot at close range by gunmen in October as she left school in Pakistan's Swat Valley, northwest of the country's capital Islamabad. She was targeted for her campaign against the Islamist Taliban efforts to deny women education.
"We thank you so much for telling the world that this is happening here, and not only just knowing but also to tell the world that they stand up with you and to raise our voices for those girls who are under the kidnapping of Boko Haram and they need our support and we need to raise our voices for them so that they can be released and they can be freed, and as well as other girls in Nigeria that also need full protection and security," Yousafzai told campaigners in Abuja.
The girls' abduction has shone an international spotlight on the militants whose violent struggle for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed thousands in the oil rich African country.
Members of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign hope Yousafzai's visit will spur the Nigerian government into more action.
Yousafzai is expected to meet with relatives of the kidnapped girls and the Nigerian president on Monday, July 14.
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