Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

Acceptance Address for CNN Heroes Community Crusader Award

CNN Air Date 9 December 2007

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The CNN executives, own protocol observed, distinguished ladies and gentlemen:

I want to thank the sacred heart of Jesus for this memorable occasion, which has extremely humbled me.

Since 2003, I have been leading a Center which turned out to help young girls and women who have been victims of war. We decided to make the Center a home to restore the dignity of the poor, young girls by helping them to love the children they got through violent experience from the rebel commanders.

In humility and great gratitude I accept the CNN award for heroes on behalf of these physically and psychologically traumatized young women and girls and children; and on behalf of the many people contributing like me to doing small things that is transforming people's lives.

I honor the people for justice and foundation for peace as for consummation. And -- And the social construction of people's lives.

I want to say I honor the young women, the young mothers who have been first become mothers before they were prepared.

I receive this award on their behalf and I salute them all. And I want to say all this in the motto of our country -- for God and my country:

Thank you very much.


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