Lucky Anti-Boko Haram Nigerian Activist Wins Japan Peace Prize Worth $170,000

February 25, 2015 3:19 am

A Nigerian woman who has campaigned against Islamist extremists Boko
Haram was on Tuesday awarded a Japanese peace prize worth $170,000.

Esther Ibanga, a pastor and activist in , has kept up a vocal
protest against the kidnappings that has made almost routine,
the Niwano Peace Foundation said.
The foundation said it had awarded her its 20 million yen annual prize
because of the way she has tirelessly pressured central and local
governing officials in her efforts to fight back against extremists.“Esther has worked extensively to foster and facilitate reconciliation between conflicting religious and tribal groups,” setting up an organisation that has all tribal women leaders on its membership, the Buddhist group-backed foundation said.

Boko Haram fighters have kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls, causing global outrage and a social media campaign to release them.

Over 13,000 have been killed while more than one million people have
been left homeless since 2009 as the extremist militants try to carve
out an Islamic state in Nigeria’s northeast.

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