Malala Yousafzai pledges to help free kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

By Michelle Kapusta,

Pakistani teenage activist, Malala Yousafzai, has pledged to help free the 200 missing schoolgirls that were kidnapped in Nigeria last April.

NBC News noted that the teen visited Nigeria on Sunday and spoke with some of the parents of the kidnapped victims.

"I can see those girls as my sisters ... and I'm going to speak up for them until they are released," Malala vowed.

She is scheduled to meet with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday.

In 2012, Malala was shot by the Taliban when she boarded a school bus in Pakistan. She survived a bullet to the head and underwent extensive rehab in London.

As an education activist, she feels a special connection to the more than 200 schoolgirls that were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state. The extremist group Boko Haram has taken credit for the kidnappings.

Last week, it was reported that 63 of the girls were able to escape their captors. However, many are still missing.

 
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