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 ministers 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 cant 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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