By Kwon Mee-yoo

Anuradha Koirala, 62, the founder and executive director of Maiti Nepal, won the 15th Manhae Prize Thursday.

Manhae Foundation, an organization commemorating poet Han Yong-un, also known as Reverend Manhae, hosts the annual Manhae Prize to honor people who promote peace across the globe. A Korean poet under Japanese colonial rule, Han is most famous for his work “Love’s Silence” and his patriotic activities.

Koirala was formerly an English teacher, but now she fights for the human rights of sex trade victims. She was chosen as the Hero of the Year by CNN in 2010, for saving Nepalese girls sold for sex trafficking.

The literature section of the prize was awarded to Mo Yan of China and Lee Keun-bae of Korea. Mo is a modern Chinese author known for his works such as “Red Sorghum” (1987) and “Big Breasts and Wide Hips” (1996). Lee’s poems are based on sijo, traditional three-verse Korean poems, and he modernized the traditional style in his own way.

Sri Lankan archaeologist S.B. Hettiaratchi won the practice section, for academically analyzing the history of Buddhism of the country.