Divina Maloum has been named the recipient of the international peace prize organized by Dutch organization KidsRights.
14-year-old Divina Maloum from Cameroon won the award for her work with young people who have suffered extremist violence, particularly in the north of Cameroon.
Organizers of the award, KidsRights, say it wants children recognized for their efforts to improve society, beginning from improving their situation.
According to the report, a 16-year-old world-renowned environmental activist from Sweden, Greta Thunberg was also awarded alongside Divina Maloum.
In 2014, Divina Maloum founded the Children for the Peace movement to work with child victims of terror in Cameroon.
As part of her work, she visits local communities to speak to children about their rights and urge them against violence.
Boko Haram has been carrying out attacks in Cameroon and other West African countries like Nigeria since 2014.
The group often recruits children - particularly girls - to carry out attacks. The children are strapped with bombs to carry out suicide attacks in crowded places like markets, churches, and mosques.
A video produced by KidsRights shows Ms. Maloum warning young Cameroonians not to get involved.
She can be seen displaying a cartoon, with the title "I'm not a hero when I carry bombs", which shows a young girl refusing to wear a suicide vest.
In a report by BBC Africa, Divina Maloum has "organized an inter-community children's peace camp, established peace clubs in mosques, and together with other children, made a children's declaration against violent extremism", KidsRights says.
Accepting the award in The Hague on Wednesday, she said that "to end violence and build peace we need children" and she dedicated her award "to all children who are suffering atrocities due to war".
She wrapped up her speech, saying: "I invite my fellow children around the world to stand up for their rights."
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