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Kenyan Environmenalist Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Published fredag 8 oktober 2004 kl 12.47

The Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. 

Wangari Maathai won the prestigious award for her work over the past 30 years as leader of the Green belt movement, which has sought to enpower women, better the environment and fight corruption in Africa.

Maathai, Kenya’s deputy environment minister, is the first African woman to win the prize since it was first awarded in 1901. She has been internationally recognized for her struggle for democracy, and gained recent attention for a campaign against land grabbing and deforestation.

The Green Belt Movement has planted more than 30 million trees across Kenya

Maathai, said  ” I am absolutely overwhelmed and very emotionally charged, really,” she told Norwegian state television. ” I did not expect this.”

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