Malala Yousafzai, activist and Nobel laureate has penned an open letter to the parents of the Chibok girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents two years ago.
In the letter, she stands by them, praises them for their courage and urges the Nigerian government to do whatever they can to bring the girls back home.
You can read the full letter below.
Dear mothers and fathers,
I write this letter with a heavy heart, knowing you have endured another year separated from your daughters. I think of you every day since we first met two years ago—and join millions of people around the world in praying for the safety and swift return of your girls.
As I did last year, I call on President Buhari of Nigeria—and everyone who can help rescue the Chibok girls—to act now. Would a president give up the fight for his own daughter? These girls are just as precious to their families.
Parents, thank you for having the courage to send your daughters to school. My dream is that one day they will come home, finish their education and choose their futures for themselves.
I pray for the day when you can embrace your girls again.
Malala is no stranger to danger herself having been shot in the head by Taliban fighters while riding the bus to school in 2014. She has gone on to become a strong advocate for women’s education.