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Nigerian leader promises Malala missing girls will be home "soon"

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 01:53

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai says she is hopeful that Nigerian President will fulfill promise to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan shakes hands with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. She has come to rally for the 219 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist rebels in April. Malala, who just turned 17, says it is her birthday wish to see them come home. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EDUCATION CAMPAIGNER, MALALA YOUSAFZAI, SAYING: "The president fortunately promised me that he will do something for these girls, and he promised me that the girls will be returned as soon as possible. This is a promise that the president has made and I'm hopeful that promise will come true and we will see those girls returning back." Malala became a global celebrity after being shot in the head by the Taliban. Her crime? Campaigning for girl's education. The abducted Nigerian girls, whom Malala calls her "sisters", were snatched by Boko Haram as they slept in their school dormitory. It sparked an international Twitter campaign called "Bring Back Our Girls". In a video released by Boko Haram, its leader mocks the movement. "Bring back our girls?" he says, "Oh! Bring back our army. Bring back our army, Jonathan!" After the 45-minute meeting with Jonathan, Malala spoke to reporters. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EDUCATION CAMPAIGNER, MALALA YOUSAFZAI, SAYING: "I ask Boko Haram to stop misusing the name of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace, Islam allows every girl and every boy to get education, to go to school, and education is compulsory in Islam." She also said that Jonathan had promised to meet with the parents of the abducted girls. Boko Haram, inspired by the Taliban, say they are fighting to establish an Islamic state.

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Nigerian leader promises Malala missing girls will be home "soon"

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 01:53

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