Divina Maloum (14) from Cameroon and Greta Thunberg (16) from Sweden both received the International Children’s Peace Prize 2019 today. Divina received the International Children’s Peace Prize for her peaceful fight against extremist violence and radicalization. Greta received the prize for her international student climate activism. Each year the young winner’s message of the International Children’s Peace Prize reaches millions of people worldwide. Last year 1.2 billion people were reached.
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Divina testifies unspeakable horrors During the award ceremony Divina stated that Africa is suffering an escalation of violence and insecurity perpetrated by terrorist groups like Boko Haram and many others. In her country Cameroon, unspeakable horrors are inflicted upon children and thousands are forced to flee their homes in inhumane conditions. Many parents have seen children, relatives or neighbors killed and raped. Children were abducted, brutalized, tortured and forcibly recruited. In Cameroon, children are the biggest victims of terrorist attacks.
Greta’s devotion to climate activism Greta accepted the International Children’s Peace Prize while sailing on the Atlantic towards the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid.
Gretas acceptance speech was pronounced on her special request by Luisa Neubauer, the German chair of Gretas Fridays for Future movement. She said: “I’m very honoured to receive the International Children’s Peace Prize, I dedicate it to all those millions of young people around the world who come together for the climate in Fridays for Future.”
A call to world leaders to listen to the childrenThe initiators generated positive change, whilst mobilizing many of their peers, controlling the public narrative on issues that matter to them; ultimately making the people in power listen to their cause.
In his speech during the ceremony today, Mr. Dullaert stated that an unstoppable wave of youth emancipation is happening all over the globe. Just as exactly 100 years ago, in 1919 when women demanded to be heard and received their right to vote. Mr. Dullaert called upon world leaders by their first names, asking them to listen to the message of today’s winners and all children. “Listen to the children and act”