Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Malala Yousafzai pleads for Nigerian abducted girls

Malala Yousafzai has called on Nigeria to intensify efforts to free 219 schoolgirls who were abducted by Islamist militants six months ago.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner said campaigners needed to raise their voices "louder than ever" to demand the freedom of the girls.

The Boko Haram group sparked global outrage when it seized the girls.
Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai (2nd R) shakes hands on 14 July 2014 with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (R) next to her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai (2nd L), and Malala Fund committee member Shiza Shahid (L) at the State House in Abuja.
Malala Yousafzai met Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan to discuss the abductions
Foreign governments including the US and China, have sent experts to Nigeria to help track them down.Boko Haram fighters abducted the girls during a raid on their boarding school in Chibok town in north-eastern Nigeria in April.

Malala said in a statement that the schoolgirls needed to be reunited with their families and receive a quality and safe education.
"I urge the Nigerian government and the international community to redouble their efforts to bring a quick and peaceful conclusion to this crisis," Malala said. Malala Yousafzai became the youngest-ever Nobel peace laureate earlier this month

Critics accuse government of not doing enough to secure the release of the girls - a charge ministers deny.

BBC News

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