Nobel Peace prize winner Wangari Maathai takes a question from the media in Nairobi

Wangari Maathai
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Nobel Peace prize winner Wangari Maathai takes a question from the media after she was congratulated by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki (unseen) in Nairobi October 8, 2004. Maathai, a Kenyan environmentalist, is the first African woman to win such an award for aiding the continent’s poor with a campaign to plant millions of trees to slow down deforestation. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Maathai on Friday added a new green dimension to the prize, but critics accused the Nobel committee of betraying a century-old focus on resolving armed conflicts. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti