Malala Yousafzai Tears Up During Her Emotional Return To Pakistan

"I have dreamed that I can set foot in my country."

She is known all over the world for her courage and resiliency. Now, nearly six years after the Nobel Peace Prize winner was shot in the head by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan.

"For the last five years I have dreamed that I can set foot in my country," she told Reuters.

"It's the happiest day of my life," she added. "I can't believe it's happening."

Yousafzai was a teenager when members of the group boarded her school bus and shot her, injuring two of her friends, in response to a blog she wrote for the BBC Urdu service advocating girls' education. Yousafzai was airlifted abroad for medical treatment and did not return to Pakistan due to security issues and threats on her life, until now.

"Welcome home," Prime Minister Abbasi told the now 20-year-old global activist for women's rights, per Reuters. "We are very happy that our daughter has come back. When she went away, she was a child of 12. She has returned as the most prominent citizen of Pakistan."

Although Yousafzai, who is currently a student at Oxford University in Britain, returned to her native country, per Al Jazeera, it is unclear if she will be able to visit her home region of Swat, in the mountains northwest of Islamabad, as threats are still being directed at her.

Still, she proudly returned to Pakistan, a home that will forever live in her heart.

"On this day, I cherish fond memories of home, of playing cricket on rooftops and singing the national anthem in school," she tweeted on March 23. "Happy Pakistan Day!"

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