Malala Yousafzai Writes a Moving Letter to Nigeria's Abducted Schoolgirls One Year After Their Kidnapping

"Remember that one day your tragic ordeal will end."

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It's been a full year since 300 schoolgirls were taken from their classrooms by Boko Haram in Nigeria. The militant Islamist group kidnapped the students from their school in Chibok, a town in the northeast of Nigeria. After their capture, many leading officials, celebrities, organizations, and people from all over the world campaigned for their return using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. They have yet to be released, although some of the girls have since escaped. To date, around 219 are still unaccounted for—many of whom have presumably been forced into Islam and married off, made to fight, or used as sex slaves.

Malala Yousafzai, who after her own school-related attack is particularly attuned to the terror of being a girl trying to get an education in the Middle East, released this letter on the eve of the April 14 anniversary:

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