Denis Mukwege, a medical director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu a city in the South Kivu province of Congo alongside Nadia Murad, a former captive of the Islamic State have been named 2018 winners of the coveted Nobel peace prize award. They were announced in Oslo earlier today by the Nobel Committee after careful consideration of over 300 application for the prize this year.
According to the Nobel Committee, the Congolese-born gynaecologist, Denis Mukwege was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize having spent “large parts of his adult life helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
“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 others,” it said in its citation,” it said in a statement.
“Each of them in their own way has helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence so that the perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions.”
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