In 2009, Baruani received the International Children’s Peace Prize, at the age of 16, from Nobel Peace Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai. Baruani has lived in the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania since he fled the DRC at the age of 7. He tries to convert this life experience into positive action, by actively helping fellow refugee children. His radio show is one of the key ways in which he tries to help his peers. The radio show, called ‘Sisi kwa Sisi’ (Children for Children), airs on Radio Kwizera in Tanzania, Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi. In his radio show, Baruani discusses the problems and challenges refugee children face in the camp. For many children it is already a big help to talk to someone and to be able to share the problems they experience. Baruani also leads a children’s parliament in the camp which is an alternative child voicing out tool. Furthermore, through his radio show Baruani contributes to reuniting children with their parents. The children use the radio show to call upon people familiar with them or their family.
Baruani wants to study journalism.
Name Baruani Ndume
Year of birth Unknown
Residence Nyarugusu Camo, Tanzania
Winner in 2009
Subject Refugee children