Saturday, February 27, 2010

Wangari Maathai has bags of energy to combat malaria

I am certain," Wangari Maathai once told me in a rare moment of despondency, 12 years before she won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, "that I was not born to spend my entire life in the front line, fighting battles which never seem to end."
Her depression was understandable enough. She had just come out of hospital after being mistreated in jail, into which she had been thrown for protesting against plans by the ruling party in Kenya to build its headquarters in Nairobi's main park. Days later, she was back in the wards, after being clubbed senseless by the police when she renewed her campaign.
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