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A Tribute to Wangari Maathai


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Very sad news for friends of conservation and Kenya.

From family of Wangari Maathai

To Professor Wangari Maathai’s long time friends and supporters:

It is with great sadness that the family of Professor Wangari Maathai announces her passing away on 25th September, 2011, at the Nairobi Hospital, after a prolonged and bravely borne struggle with cancer. Her loved ones were with her at the time.

Dr. Maathai was a member of parliament in Kenya and was ass’t. minister, Environment, Natural Resources, and Wildlife, but she was best known outside Kenya as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, founder of the Green Belt Movement, and author of Unbowed: A Memoir, The Green Belt Movement, and The Challenge for Africa. In The Challenge for Africa (2009), she was critical of leaders concerned with enriching themselves rather than “with the welfare of their people” and wanted governments to invest “in education, the creation of sustainable employment options, and inclusive economies (p. 17).”  She made numerous speeches and, as in her writing, her voice was direct and honest.

A brilliant, brave woman, she will be sorely missed not only in Kenya but throughout the world.

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