Wed 18 May, 2016 02:48 pm
$1m prize for heroic Burundi woman who saved 30,000 children from war
During the brutal Burundi civil war which claimed 300,000 lives, Marguerite Barankitse risked her own to rescue around 30,000 children from persecution.
At the outbreak of the 12-year war in 1993, Barankitse -- a Tutsi -- was forced to watch the execution of 72 of her Hutu neighbors.
That horrific incident inspired her to start a mission at the Catholic diocese where she worked. Caring for children and refugees, she created an environment where young Hutus and Tutsis alike could seek refuge.
Her heroic efforts have now been acknowledged by a $1m humanitarian prize.