Target: Malala Yousafzai
Goal: Praise Malala’s inspirational power as a survivor of a Taliban shooting to support the #BringBackOurGirls campaign
Despite being shot in the head by the Taliban for supporting the education of girls in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai remains undeterred in her efforts to support the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. #BringBackOurGirls strives to return the 200 schoolgirls who were taken in Nigeria by the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram. The cruel group has kidnapped and murdered thousands since 2009 as a means to eradicate all other religions, causing havoc to Nigeria’s oil industry and aggravating the war there as well.
Meeting with the parents of the girls, Malala stated that she saw their daughters as her sisters, bringing them to tears. She understands the pain of not knowing whether a loved one is alive or not from her parents’ experience. Malala also met with the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, on her birthday, declaring that her only wish is that the lost girls can return to their families alive and well.
Malala is not alone though in her fight to free the girls. First Lady Michelle Obama, and famous actress Angelina Jolie, have also contributed to the Twitter campaign. Nevertheless, interest in the issue has lessened over the many months the girls have been gone. And the government is yet to outline a plan of action to retrieve the girls. With Boko Haram making bomb threats, action must be taken.
Please show your appreciation for the dedication demonstrated by Malala Yousafzai to act in the face of adversity.
Dear Malala Yousafzai,
I am writing to thank you wholeheartedly for being an inspiration and an advocate for the girls abducted in Nigeria. Getting back to campaigning for what you believe in after enduring such a blow is incredibly brave and a testament to your strength of character.
The girls are very similar to you in their desire to be educated, and the girls’ families are very similar to your parents in their sorrow. I appreciate your ability to reach out to others and to comfort them. Your birthday wish to free the girls demonstrates the humility and the wisdom you possess beyond your years.
You have revitalized the efforts to combat the Boko Haram by simply being a reminder that people can persevere against the odds. Hopefully, your presence can bring peace in Nigeria as well as peace in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Please continue your activism throughout the world.
[Your Name Here]
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