Nobel peace laureate Wangari Maathai dies in Nairobi

What you need to know:

  • Prof Wangari Maathai, a world icon for conservation, died at Nairobi Hospital on Sunday, September 25, 2011.
  • President Kibaki said the world has not only lost a renowned environmentalist and but also a great human rights crusader.
  • Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete celebrates Maathai, describes her as a great woman and an inspiration for many women across Africa.
  • Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan said Prof Maathai would forever be celebrated and honoured.

Prof Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace laureate and conservation heroine, has died in Nairobi after a long battle with cancer. She was 71.

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