Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, has penned an open letter to the parents of the abducted Chibok girls on the second anniversary of their kidnap.
Today, April 14 2016, makes it exactly two-years, more than 200 young girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, northern Nigeria by the militant Islamist Group Boko Haram.
In the letter Malala reminded the girls’ families that the world is still hoping for their safe return.
“Dear mothers and fathers,” She wrote
“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.”
Your sister, Malala
Since Boko Haram abducted them on April 14, 2014, it’s believed they’ve been held in captivity, reports suggest they may have being raped, tortured or forced to marry and convert to Islam.
A video released by CNN on Wednesday suggest the girls may still be alive, however, it was just a handful of them that featured in the clip released by the Islamic sect, compared to the over 200 that were abducted.
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari said in an interview with the BCC in December that his administration has technically won the war against Boko Haram, as the insurgents were being pushed back and many of their strongholds have being taken back by the military.