Malala makes surprise visit home to Pakistan

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April 2, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Malala Yousafzai speaks during an event hosted by Bill and Melinda Gates Sept. 20, 2017 in New York City. Yousafzai made her first visit to Pakistan since she was shot in 2012 this week. PBG/EMPICS Entertainment/Abaca Press/TNS

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot 5½ years ago by Pakistani Taliban militants for championing girls’ education, made a surprise return to her home country Thursday for the first time since the attack.

Yousafzai, 20, broke down in tears in an emotional speech at the Pakistani prime minister’s office, saying she dreamed of coming home and would continue to fight to raise the number of girls in school.

“I am very happy, and I still can’t believe that this is actually happening,” she said. “For the last five years, I have always just seen this dream of setting foot in my homeland.”

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