By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Friday November 22, 2019.
A Cameroonian activist who championed crusades for the rights and education of children in the Central African country of Cameroon targeted by the Boko Haram Terrorist group, has won the International Children’s Peace Prize, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Divina Maloum won the esteemed award in the Hague, a city on the North Sea coast of Western Netherland on the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, Wednesday November 20, 2019.
She earned 100,000 euro approximately some sixty-five (65) million FCFA linked to the award. She also pledged to use half of the money to fund her next campaign.
Maloum runs an organization; Children for Peace and tours schools, mosques and marketplaces in Cameroon. She targets and speaks to children who could fall prey to extremist groups like Boko Haram.
The teen also draws pictures of children, notably one with a child refusing to wear a suicide bomb vest, as a way of cutting through linguistic barriers to bring across her message.
To her, it’s “a platform which is going to help children to be implicated in peace-building processes and to make their voice be heard around the world.”
16-year-old climate campaigner and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg was also awarded, for her work in the struggle against climate change.
German climate activist Luisa-Marie Neubauer however represented Thunberg who was en route to Madrid, Spain for an international climate conference.
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl who campaigned for girls’ right to education had previously won the award. This year’s award was handed by Indian children’s rights activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi.