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Wangari Maathai dies at 71; Kenyan environmentalist
Wangari Maathai dies at 71; Kenyan environmentalist

Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmentalist who made it her mission to teach her countrywomen to plant trees and became Africa's first female Nobel Peace Prize winner, has died. She was 71. One of Kenya's most beloved figures, Maathai died Sunday after a yearlong battle with cancer. Her illness was not widely known until after her death in a Nairobi hospital. Maathai won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work on sustainable development, democracy and peace. She believed that environmental degradation and unbridled development were among the roots of poverty. "You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that...

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