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Unbowed

A Memoir

by Wangari Maathai

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    Oct 2006, 352 pages
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    Sep 2007, 352 pages

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Wangari Maathai, the winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and a single mother of three, recounts her extraordinary life as a political activist, feminist, and environmentalist in Kenya.

RIP Kenya's Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai who has died in Nairobi while undergoing cancer treatment. She was 71.
Based in Kenya, The Green Belt Movement is a women's civil society organization advocating for human rights and supporting good governance and peaceful democratic change through the protection of the environment. Maathai began it as a grassroots tree planting program to address the challenges of mass deforestation - a process that had begun with colonialism but had hastened since independence, reducing the lush, green, fertile land of plenty she'd known as a child to a deforested wilderness. Her reasoning was simple:

"Trees would provide a supply of wood that would enable women to cook nutritious foods. They would also have wood for fencing and fodder for cattle and goats, The trees would offer shade for humans and animals, protect watersheds and bind ...

About the Author: Not only was Wangari Maathai the first African woman to win a Nobel Prize, she was the first African of either sex between South Africa and Egypt to win it. It was also the first time that the Nobel Committee had awarded the Peace Prize to an environmentalist, thus making the connection between peace, sustainable management of resources and good governance. She died in September 2011. For a short biography of Wangari Maathai see BookBrowse. For her complete biography read Unbowed!


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Between 1970 and 2002 African countries obtained about US $540 billion in loans (much of which went into the private bank accounts of dictators) and paid back $550 billion. However, because of the interest on the debt, in 2002 they still owed $300 billion. In 2005 Kenya's external debt was estimated at $9 billion. Currently Kenya spends about 50%...

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