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Friday, 05 October 2018 15:08

Congolese Medical doctor Mukwege Wins 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

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Dr. Mukwege, Nadia Murad Win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize For Efforts To End Sexual Violence


The Congolese doctor and Yazidi activist won for their work to eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. The Nobel Peace Prize on Friday was awarded to a Congolese doctor and a Yazidi former captive of the Islamic State group for their work to highlight and eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.



Nobel Peace Prize winners Nadia Murad, left, and Denis Mukwege. 



Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in its announcement. “Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and other.” The 2018 prize is worth 9 million Swedish kronor ($1.01 million). Last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner was the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.


Mukengere Mukwege  is a Congolese gynecologist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been gang-raped by rebel forces.[  He has treated thousands of women who were victims of gang wartime rape since the Second Congo War, some of them more than once, performing up to ten surgeries a day during his 18-hour working days. According to the The Globe and Mail, Mukwege is "likely the world's leading expert on repairing injuries of rape."  In 2018, he and Nadia Murad were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict."[

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Mukwege was the third of nine children born to a Pentecostal minister and his wife. He studied medicine because he wanted to heal the sick people for whom his father prayed, after seeing the complications of childbirth experienced by women in the Congo who had no access to specialist healthcare.[5] Upon graduating from medical school in Burundi, Mukwege started working as a paediatrician in a rural Lemera Hospital near Bukavu, but seeing women patients who due to the absence of proper care often suffered pain and genital lesions after giving birth, he decided to travel to France to study gynaecology and obstetrics at the University of Angers.

 

credits AP, Wikipedia

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