Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to her hometown in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot there by the Taliban.
Yousafzai, who now lives in the UK, was shot in the head for campaigning for female education in 2012.
Her family’s home region of Swat was once a militant stronghold, and she was attacked on a school bus there at 15.
It had been unclear if the 20 year old would visit the area because of security concerns.
On Thursday, it was announced that Ms Yousafzai had returned to Pakistan for the first time since she was attacked.
“When I gave my first talk… I just could not stop my tears. It is emotional,” she told the BBC. “I’m just so happy to be home and to put my feet on this land again.”
A helicopter carrying Yousafzai landed not far from her family home in Mingora on Saturday, amid a tight security operation.
She then spoke at an all-boys school just outside of the town.
“My dream has come true. Peace has returned to Swat because of the invaluable sacrifices rendered by my brothers and sisters,” she said.
Her trip to Pakistan is expected to last four days. Officials from her Malala Fund group are travelling with her, local media report.
Yousafzai was only 11-years-old when she began writing an anonymous diary about life under the Taliban for BBC Urdu that captivated audiences.
She wrote about militant suppression and championed the right to education for girls in Pakistan.
But she was also unafraid to speak publicly about these issues. This drew the attention of the Taliban militants who were active in the region and her family soon began receiving death threats.
“I was concerned about her security,” Pakistani television presenter Hamid Mir told the BBC in 2013.
On the afternoon of 9 October 2012, Yousafzai walked out of school as normal and boarded a small bus waiting outside.
Soon after two militants boarded the bus before one asked: “Who is Malala?” They shot her in the head. Two of her friends were also injured.