Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to her hometown in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot there by Taliban militants, security officials say. Ms Yousafzai, 20, was shot in the head by a gunman for campaigning for female education in 2012. Her family's home region of Swat was once a militant stronghold, and she was attacked on a school bus there at 15. It had been unclear if she would visit the area because of security concerns. On Thursday, it was announced that Ms Yousafzai had returned from the UK to Pakistan for the first time since she was attacked.
Malala Yousafzai, who at the age of 14 was shot by a member of the Taliban for her outspoken views on the importance of girls' education, has returned to Pakistan for the first time since the attack. The Nobel Prize-winning activist, now 20 years old, visited the country on Thursday to meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. She also delivered a moving speech about her attack and women's education in Pakistan, CNN reported. SEE ALSO: Apple and Malala Yousafzai partner up to fight for girls' education "I'm not very old but I've seen a lot," Yousafzai said. "I couldn't control what happened.
How do you get every single girl a full 12 years of quality education? That's the question at the heart of the Malala Fund, the organisation set up by Malala Yousafzai, the young Nobel Prize winner. And she wants to provide this education in parts of the world where it can't be taken for granted. Luckily, she has a powerful ally. In January, Apple revealed a tie-up with Malala Fund as part of the initial goal of getting 100,000 girls into education in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria. But today it has been announced that the collaboration is expanding to Latin America. This expansion means grants will be offered to advocates in Brazil, who will join the Malala Fund's network of so-called Gulmakai Champions.
Islamabad - Malala Yousafzai, the 20-year-old Pakistani education rights icon, has returned home to her native Swat Valley for the first time since being shot by the Taliban there more than five years ago. Yousafzai flew from the capital Islamabad to Mingora, the main town in Swat, by helicopter on Saturday morning. She briefly met friends and teachers from her old secondary school before heading to an event organised in her honour at a nearby college. Security was tight across the valley, security officials told Al Jazeera, with local police coordinating with the military, which still has a sizeable presence in a valley once ruled by the Pakistan Taliban. "Mostly the trip is private, she is visiting her friends and family in Mingora," Akhtar Hayat Khan, a senior police official, told Al Jazeera.
In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai attends an annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. As Malala Yousafzai spoke of coming home to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by the Taliban five years ago, the emotions flooded back -- and so did the tears. The 20-year-old Nobel laureate returned Thursday for a four-day visit. She told an audience in the prime minister's office of how she had longed to be back in Islamabad or Karachi even as she promoted her message of girls' education around the world. "I was always dreaming for the past five years, that I can come to my country, whenever I was traveling abroad," she said, to applause.