Day 300: Yousafzai Malala Remembers Kidnapped Chibok Schoolgirls

Girl-child education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Yousafzai Malala, has called on the people of the world to join her in demanding urgent action to free the more than 250 missing schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents 10 months ago in Nigeria.
Malala who made the call in a statement said: “As we mark this tragic 300th day of captivity for hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, I call on people everywhere to join me in demanding urgent action to free these heroic girls.
“Nigerian leaders and the international community can and must do much more to resolve this crisis and change their weak response to date. If these girls were the children of politically or financially powerful parents, much more would be done to free them. But they come from an impoverished area of northeast Nigeria and sadly little has changed since they were kidnapped.

Yousafzai Malala giving her acceptance speech after receiving the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
“Politicians now running for office for next week’s elections should not only demonstrate their empathy but finally take some responsibility for this tragedy. The leaders of Nigeria should commit to work together and make the case of the Chibok girls a priority in their first 100 days in office, as well as the education of every Nigerian child.
“These young women risked everything to get an education that most of us take for granted. I will not forget my sisters. We cannot forget them. We must demand their freedom until they are reunited with the families and back in school, getting the education they so desperately desire.
“Through the Malala Fund, I will continue to support programs to enable the most vulnerable girls, including in Nigeria, to get the education they deserve. I will continue to advocate at the highest level, and support civil society to ensure that all children are able to access primary and secondary education. This is our mission.
“Let’s end this horrible saga now. Leaders must make sure the #BringBackOurGirls effort results in a real outcome: the return of the Chibok girls.”
President Jonathan receives Malala in Abuja
It will be recalled that Malala traveled to Abjua Nigeria on her 17th birthday to meet some of the schoolgirls who escaped during the kidnapping attempt along with parents of the girls still in captivity.
She also met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who promised her “that the girls will be returned as soon as possible.”

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