A woman dubbed the "Angel of Burundi" for her humanitarian work has been awarded a top United Nations' honour.
Maggie Barankitse has received wide recognition for her work
Marguerite Barankitse has spent the last 12 years caring for more than 10,000 children affected by the civil war in Burundi and other conflicts.
She also offers a place for women and child refugees returning to Burundi a place to rebuild their lives.
The Nansen Award, given annually by the UN Refugee Agency, recognises exceptional work among refugees.
Ms Barankitse - who prefers to be called Maggie - was inspired to act after saving the lives of 25 children during Burundi's civil war in 1993.
It happened after she witnessed a massacre of 72 people while teaching in her hometown of Ruyigi in the country's east.
"After the massacre, we were trying to flee, but we also had to bury the dead," she recalled as she walked through a cemetery in Ruyigi.
"There were many of them, and we were scared. We looked for a place that would not be easy to find. This was still the bush then. We dug... as fast as we could and the 72 people who were killed that day are here, in this mass grave."
The number of children she managed to save soon grew.
"At the beginning there were 25 children whose parents had been killed, then after one year there were 100, then 500 and now it's more than 10,000. So I began to look for land, and I thought, why don't I use my parents land?"
More than 10,000 children benefit from her care
She set up Maison Shalom, which means House of Peace, for the children to grow up in "families". Today there are four "children's villages" around the country, as well as a centre for orphans and vulnerable children in the capital Bujumbura.
The children learn how to manage a household and livestock and earn a living. They run a cinema, public swimming pool, restaurant, hair salon and guesthouse in Ruyigi.
They also learn about health care, particularly on HIV/Aids issues.
Returnees and displaced people have also been helped to establish small income-generating projects such as sewing, carpentry and soap-making.
The Nansen Refugee Award - named after the Norwegian polar explorer - was created in 1954.
The UNHCR said in a statement Ms Barankitse was being recognised for her "tireless work with separated children whose lives have been devastated by war and the scourge of Aids".
Ms Barankitse - who has received wide recognition for her work - will receive a $10,000 grant for a refugee-related project of her choice on World Refugee Day in Brussels on 22 June.