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A Homecoming: Malala Yousafzai Makes a Visit Back to Pakistan

The activist returns for the first time since 2012.

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Malala Yousafzai, famous activist for female education, was able to return to her home country of Pakistan yesterday, five years after the Taliban attempted to assassinate her because of her advocacy for female education.

Yousafzai was only 15 when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head as she was returning home from school. She was immediately airlifted to the U.K. with her family to receive treatment.

Malala Yousafzai appearing at a conference in 2014 (image via Wikimedia Commons)

Yousafzai was ecstatic to return home, “I am very happy, and I still can’t believe that this is actually happening … in the last five years I have always just seen this dream of setting foot in my homeland,” reported Newsweek.

The activist has started the Malala Fund, her own organization to promote girls’ rights to education, in which has invested $6 million dollars towards the cause, and became the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, in the short five years since she has left Pakistan.

The citizens of Pakistan were honored to have her return, as Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi pointed out, “When she went away, she was a child. She has returned as the most prominent citizen of Pakistan.”

Yousafzai is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall, while continuing to further her movement for women’s rights.

Gigi Foster is a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She's a midfielder on the women's soccer team and is studying ocean sciences.

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