Exploring Social Movements: Individual versus Society
Explains Maggy Barankitse's life.
Marguerite (Maggy) Barankitse was born in 1957 in Burundi. Her father died when she was six, so she was raised along with her brother by her mother. She became a teacher but was fired for helping a girl who was raped get back to school.
When Burundi was under a civil war, Maggy hid her 7 adopted children in the cupboards of a church. The Tutsis wanted to kill Maggy, but since she was a Tutsi herself, they tried to get the Hutus to kill her. She eventually convinced them not to and got away with her children. She was saving more and more children, and eventually started the House of Shalom.
She became a leading figure by getting help from others to start a home for children.
Maggy's legacy is that she's saved hundreds of orphans and built up their lives and gave them a new start. She has won the Opus Prize and the UN Nansen Award and inspired others to do the same by being an example that no matter where you came from, you can achieve the greatest.
Marguerite Barankitse fits the definition of an individual versus society conflict because almost no one would help her at the beginning of her journey.
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