Children around the world recently had the opportunity to vote for their favorite child hero for 2011. After a “Global Vote” of 3.2 million children, Murhabazi Namegabe of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was announced as the winner of the 2011 World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child“for his dangerous struggle to free children forced to be child soldiers or sex slaves.”
Murhabazi, a Bukavu native, has dedicated his life to the promotion of children’s rights in his home country. His organization Bureau pour le Volontariat au Service de l’Enfance et de la Santé, or BVES, reports having freed 4,000 child soldiers in Congo to date and reaching some 60,000 children with its services. Murhabazi himself often negotiates with rebel groups to have child soldiers released into his care.