10 Questions: Wangari Maathai

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Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai speaks on the phone as she is congratulated for winning the Nobel Peace Prize

In her native Kenya, Wangari Maathai has been arrested, beaten unconscious and called subversive. Last week, her fortunes took a different turn when she became the first environmental campaigner — and the first African woman — to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On Saturday, Maathai talked with TIME's Stephan Faris under a tree outside the offices of her Green Belt Movement in Nairobi.

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