A Burundi woman and Sudanese man who have helped free African children from kidnappers and slavery are being honored for their efforts.
Maggy Barankitse won the World's Children's Prize for saving the lives of 25 youngsters in the central African country and improving the welfare of more than 10,000 others.
James Aguer Alic won the Global Friends Award for "his stubborn fight against child slavery in the Sudan," the award panel said Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden.
Alic, a member of Sudan's Committee for the Eradication of Abduction of Women and Children, has helped free more than 2,000 children in southern Sudan from slavery since 1990, the panel said.
The World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child was set up in 1999 by the Swedish Children's World Association to recognize those who defend the rights of youngsters. It was first awarded in 2000.
The honor consists of two prizes, the World's Children's Prize and the Global Friends Award, each worth about $30,000.
Barankitse and Alic will receive their awards Monday from Sweden's Queen Silvia at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, 30 miles west of the capital, Stockholm.