‘I waited for this moment for a long time’, Malala recalls her Pakistan visit

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Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls education who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, officially opens The Library of Birmingham in Birmingham, central England, on September 3, 2013. Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by a Taliban militant last October after campaigning for girls' right to education, gave an address as she officially opened the new Library of Birmingham. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

ISLAMABAD : Malala Yousafzai just got back from a trip home to Pakistan — her first time back since being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for advocating girls education.

It was an emotional visit. Yousafzai sobbed while touring her hometown, something she said she usually doesn t do. But she missed home.

“I waited for this moment for such a long time,” the 20-year-old said. “I miss Pakistan every day. I miss my friends and family and my school life,” reported CBC s Metro Morning.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner and honorary Canadian citizen now splits her time between charity work, activism and studying at Oxford University in Great Britain. She was in Toronto last week for a fundraising gala and spoke to CBC s Metro Morning.

The interview was conducted by Robina Aryubwal, an Afghan refugee who took on the Taliban in a different way — helping her parents lead a secret school in their home. The family then moved to Canada in 2015, where Aryubwal now studies at the University of Toronto.

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