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Human rights activist, Malala Yousafzai, has returned to her home country of Pakistan since she was shot by Taliban militants. She is one of the most well-known human rights activists in the world at only 20 years old, and has endured a life more difficult than anyone should have to endure. She was shot in the head by a gunman for campaigning for female education in 2012. She was directly targeted on a school bus because the Pakistani Taliban said at the time that she was "pro-West" and "promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas". She made an emotional speech at the prime minister's office saying that she wanted nothing more than to return home, without the fear of being attacked, to see her parents and friends again.

The details of the trip were kept under wraps for security purposes but a Pakistani television broadcast video showing her arriving with her parents at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport under tight security. In her speech to the prime minister she said: "Always it has been my dream that I should go to Pakistan and there, in peace and without any fear, I can move on streets, I can meet people, I can talk to people, and I think that it's my old home again... so it is actually happening, and I am grateful to all of you."

The trip is expected to last four days. Officials from her Malala Fund group are travelling with her, local media reports. Malala hasn't confirmed whether she will be visiting her family in their hometown of Swat in the rural north-west of Pakistan during her time there.

Since then she has made her country, and women around the world, proud by advocating and running foundations for girls' education and even attends Oxford University.

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