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Malala Yousafzai meets with Nigerian president, gets told missing girls will return home 'soon'

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Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani activist shot two years ago, met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday and was told the abducted schoolgirls “will return to their homes soon.”

More than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist organization Boko Haram in mid-April.

“The president promised me ... that the abducted girls will return to their homes soon,” Yousafzai said after the meeting, as quoted by Reuters.

Yousafzai added that she would hold Jonathan to that statement.

“I will from now be counting days and will be looking,” Yousafzai said. “I can't stop this campaign until I see these girls return back to their families and continue their education.”

Yousafzai came to prominence in October 2012 after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting the education of girls. In July 2013, Yousafzai spoke before the United Nations about the need for girls around the world to have access to an education.

But Yousafzai didn't stop her campaign when the cameras turned off. For her birthday this year (which was Saturday), she asked people around the world to raise their voices for the oppressed.

“ My birthday wish this year is that we all raise our voices for those under oppression, to show our power and to demonstrate that our courage is stronger than their campaign of fear,” Yousafzai wrote in the Washington Post.

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