Marguerite Barankitse

Marguerite Barankitse, survivor of the Rwandan genocide, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in France. She has played a major leadership role as founder of the House of Shalom and as co-founder of several care centres around Burundi for children traumatised, maimed and orphaned in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. She has received several awards and distinctions for her work for her work aimed at transforming the lives of Hutu and Tutsi children affected by war. Among these are the highly prestigious humanitarian prize, the Opus Prize, the UNESCO Prize, and the World's Children's Prize, also known as the “Nobel Prize” for humanitarian work aimed at improving the lives of children and their chances of a better future.