Malala met President Goodluck Jonathan, who assured her he would rescue the 219 girls still held by Boko Haram. Many have fiercely criticized Jonathan for repeatedly stating his commitment to rescuing the girls — but then failing to actually act.
The meeting did not look all that comfortable. AP Photo
Malala also met with some of the families of the kidnapped schoolgirls and the organizers of the now viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
In 2012, Taliban fighters tried to kill Malala because of her support for girls’ education. She has since risen to be one of the world’s most well-known advocates for global education. AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga
While in Nigeria, Malala turned 17.
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The activist used her birthday to release a video to support her latest campaign, #StrongThan. “What are you stronger than?” the video asks. “Show it to the world on this #MalalaDay.”
So happy birthday Malala! And Jonathan, just a reminder, it’s really bad form to fall back on a birthday promise.