The death of Wangari Maathai - a great loss for Africa

Wangari Mathaai died last night, leaving a deep void but also a strong feeling of gratitude. Her death is a great loss for Africa, for the environment and for all of us who strive for democracy and peace.
Monday 26 September 2011

The death of Wangari Maathai - a great loss for AfricaWangari was a force of love so strong that she moved us all. She was powerful, charismatic and  a true doer.
She saw that the environment in Kenya in danger, started a grand tree planting campaign that mobilized thousands of women. She fearlessly fought those in power that destroyed nature. Her selflessness and bravery was  awesome.
Her action and person moved the world. She was awarded the Sophie Prize and later the Nobel Peace Price.
With Wangaris passing Africa has lost one of their greatest leaders. She gives great inspiration to all who fight for the environment and human dignity.
We have lost a close and beloved friend.

Elin Enge, former Chairman and member of the Sophie Prize board.