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Kenya:Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maathai dies

Monday, September 26, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 26,2011
“the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize”


Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental activist Wangari Maathai died on Sunday after a long struggle with cancer. She was 71 years old.

Maathai founded Kenya’s Green Belt Movement in 1977. The program taught impoverished women traditional handicrafts and organized them to plant trees as a way of combating deforestation and generating income.

She became the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her contributions to protecting the environment and helping women advance into society.

Maathai is well-regarded by many people in Japan for her promotion of the Japanese expression “mottainai,” which roughly translates as “what a waste,” meaning you should not squander resources. She attached the “mottainai” keyword to her campaign to conserve the environment and realize a recycling-oriented society.

The Green Belt Movement announced on its website that Maathai died in a hospital in Nairobi, surrounded by her family.

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