Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Denis Mukwege And Nadia Murad

07 October, 2018, 13:12 | Author: Carlos George
  • Yazidi activist Nadia Murad wins joint Nobel Peace Prize for anti-rape efforts

"She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims", Reiss-Andersen said. The hospital opened in 1999, in the midst of the Congo wars, a brutal conflict that began in 1996. Throughout years and years of war in the region, Dr. Mukwege has treated a population that has been victim to rape by militias, government soldiers, and foreign armies.

"Warmest congratulations to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for this recognition of their courageous work standing up for the victims of sexual violence in conflict". The former United Nations' special representative on sexual violence in conflict Margot Wallstrom has called Congo the "rape capital of the world".

Mukwege's pioneering approach centers not only on physical care, but also on providing psychological, socioeconomic and legal support to survivors.

By recognising the pair's work, the Nobel committee has placed a spotlight on the use of sexual violence in war as a global problem.

This advocacy has, at times, proved unsafe.

Mukwege and medical colleagues are believed to have treated 30,000 rape victims, developing expertise in sexual-assault treatments for 20 years.

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Ms Murad, 25, who is also a Sakharov Prize victor, is the second-youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate after Malala Yousafzai, who in 2014 won the prize at age 17.

"It was so touching when I was operating and I heard people start to cry and it was so, so, so touching".

"I can see in the faces of many women how they are happy to be recognised", he told the Nobel Foundation in a recorded interview posted on the foundation's Twitter account, referring to the patients at Panzi Hospital. "This is really so touching".

Murad, 25, is the second youngest Nobel peace prize laureate after Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she won in 2014. The experts were betting on the fight against sexual violence or defenders of the press.

The estimated 550,000-strong Yazidi community are members of a Kurdish religious minority who have lived primarily in Iraq, Turkey and Syria. In 2014, ISIS militants attacked the village where Murad lived. Captured alongside her sisters, she lost six brothers and her mother as the extremists killed the village's men and any women considered too old to be sexually exploited.

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