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Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by militants, has traveled to Abuja to meet members of the group, "Bring Back Our Girls" and relatives of Nigerian schoolgirls who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram. (July 13)

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Abuja, Nigeria - 13 July 2014

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani schoolgirl and activist:

"Thank you do much for telling the world that this is happening here and not only just knowing but also to tell the world to stand up with you and to raise our voices for those girls who are under the kidnapping of Boko Haram and they need our support, we need to raise our voices for them so that they can be released and they can be freed as well as other girls in Nigeria they also need food protection and security and they have many other challenges when they go to school, when they get their education, so it's really good that we come here to highlight these issues and we speak up for those girls."

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2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani schoolgirl and activist:

"The whole world would have just remained unknown (unaware) and they wouldn't have known it yet."

STORYLINE:

Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by militants, has travelled to Abuja to meet the relatives of Nigerian schoolgirls who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Malala met with members of the group 'Bring Back Our Girls', a group formed from activists and the relatives of the kidnapped schoolgirls, to voice her solidarity with their movement.

"Thank you do much for telling the world that this is happening here," she told them, "and not only just knowing but also to tell the world to stand up with you and to raise our voices for those girls".

Some 276 schoolgirls were abducted on 15 April from a school in northeast Chibok town.

Dozens escaped but 219 still are missing.

Boko Haram - which means "Western education is sinful" - had attacked many schools and killed hundreds of students, some burned alive in dormitories.

Malala was herself persecuted for supporting the education of women.

She was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban in October 2012, because of her outspoken objection to the group's interpretation of Islam that keeps women at home and bars girls from school.

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