George Clooney awards new humanitarian prize to Burundi orphanage founder

Posted on:27 Apr 2016 09:55:24

George Clooney awards new humanitarian prize to Burundi orphanage founder
27 April 2016 Current Affairs: A Burundian activist credited with saving thousands of children's lives during a 12-year ethnically charged civil war is the first recipient of a new humanitarian prize presented by Hollywood actor and campaigner George Clooney.Marguerite Barankitse, a former teacher, founded the Maison Shalom (the house of peace) orphanage in eastern Burundi in 1993 to house a growing number of children orphaned during the conflict that devastated the country until 2005.The award was presented as the small central African country faces its worst crisis since the civil war ended with hundreds killed and thousands forced to flee abroad.

Marguerite Barankitse : A former teacher, founded the Maison Shalom (the house of peace) orphanage in eastern Burundi in 1993 to help number of children orphaned during 2005 while country was in conflicts.She is the first recipient of a new humanitarian prize.The award was presented as Burundi faces its worst crisis since the civil war ended with hundreds killed and thousands were forced to flee from the country.After receiving the award Barankitse expressed that Our values are human values.

Barankitse works : Burundi’s civil war eroded by Tutsi-led army against Hutu rebel groups.Barankitse who is Tutsi, started to care for orphans and refugees following to hide dozens of her Hutu neighbours and went vain. They were discovered and stripped and tied to a chair, was forced to watch them hacked to deathBut she continued her work and helped more than 20,000 orphans and other children and in 2008 opened a hospital where treatment was given to 80,000 patients.She will receive a $100,000 and decides to donate an extra $1 million award to organisations that help children.


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