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Activists from Burma, India, Zimbabwe Finalists for 2007 World's Children's Prize


Organizers of the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child have announced this year's three finalists for the award in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

On Monday, Burma's Cynthia Maung, Inderjit Khurana of India and Betty Makoni of Zimbabwe were named the finalists for the prize honoring those who defend youth rights.

The Swedish organization, Children's World, founded the prize, which is split into three categories.

The winners are decided by votes of millions of children worldwide.

The prize ceremony is scheduled to take place April 16th at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, with Sweden's Queen Silvia present. The prize money totals 140,000 dollars.

Cynthia Maung is nominated for her fight for the health and education of hundreds of thousands of children in refugee camps in Thailand.

Inderit Khurana is being honored for starting and running more than 100 schools and two phone help lines for the poorest, most vulnerable children in India.

Betty Makoni is helping Zimbabwean girls escape trafficking, forced marriages and sexual abuse.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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