YEREVAN — Actor and human rights activist George Clooney arrived in Armenia to participate in the giving out of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, and while there, he also participated in somber ceremonies marking the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
He and all the Aurora Prize founders, members of the jury, the nominees and guests visited the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide monument and laid flowers at the Eternal Flame with President Serzh Sargsyan and Catholicos of All Armenians.
Afterwards George Clooney visited the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute with other Aurora guests.
Marguerite Barankitse from Maison Shalom and REMA Hospital in Burundi was named as the inaugural Laureate of the $1 million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity. At a ceremony held in Yerevan, Armenia, Barankitse was recognized for the extraordinary impact she has had in saving thousands of lives and caring for orphans and refugees during the years of civil war in Burundi.
As she accepted the award from Aurora Prize Selection Committee Co-Chair George Clooney, Barankitse said: “Our values are human values. When you have compassion, dignity and love then nothing can scare you, nothing can stop you — no one can stop love. Not armies, not hate, not persecution, not famine, nothing.”