Marguerite Barankitse plans to use the one million dollar award for scholarships to send children in East Africa to school and for aiding those wounded in Burundi’s civil war.
The Aurora Prize recognizes individuals who risk their lives in the face of human adversity to protect and save lives. George Clooney was a part of the selection committee that chose Barankitse, and personally presented her with the prize in April.
“Our values are human values,” Barankitse said in her acceptance speech.
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