Black People : Wingari Mattai, great African ecologist, has passed on

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Published on Monday, September 26, 2011 by Reuters

    Kenyan Nobel Winner Maathai, Savior of Trees, Dies

    by David Clarke and George Obulutsa



    NAIROBI - Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her campaigns to save Kenyan forests, died in hospital on Sunday after a long struggle with ovarian cancer.

    Maathai, 71, founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 to plant trees to prevent environmental and social conditions deteriorating and hurting poor people, especially women, living in rural Kenya.
    Her movement expanded in the 1980s and 1990s to embrace wider campaigns for social, economic and political change, setting her on a collision course with the government of the then-president, Daniel arap Moi.
    Maathai, who won the Peace Prize in 2004, had to endure being whipped, tear-gassed and threatened with death for her devotion to Africa's forests and her desire to end the corruption that often spells their destruction.
    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/09/26
    "It's a matter of life and death for this country," Maathai once said. "The Kenyan forests are facing extinction and it is a man-made problem."


    [​IMG]In this file photo of Aug. 10, 2004. Wangari Maathai, Noble Peace Laureate and conservation heroine, is see
     
  2. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Thanks for sharing this....Her life speaks for itself.

    But, could you please, edit the title to correctly spell this Sister's name?