Congratulations to Denis Mukwege for winning the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 alongside Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
Denis Mukwege is a world-renowned Congolese surgeon and the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
He has been seen as something of savior for victims of sexual violence in his native country, where his surgery has become a refuge and beacon of hope for thousands of women. Through his work, he has earned the moniker “the man who mends women.”
At his hospital, women are treated for vaginal fistula — a muscular tear caused by violent rape — and are also given counseling and treatment for the psychological repercussions of their experiences.
Mukwege said a fistula is one of the worst conditions a woman can experience. “A fistula is dramatic for a woman,” he told CNN in a 2009 interview. “Everywhere she goes people don’t want to be around her and reject her, so it’s a disease that is worse than leprosy.”
Speaking at the announcement, Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee paid tribute to both, saying the pair have “put their personal security at risk by courageously combating war crime and seeking justice for victims.”
Source : CNN