Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad Win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Dr. Denis Mukwege, Congolese gynecologist and Iraqi Nadia Murad, a former sex slave who was held by ISIS have both won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Both Mukwege and Murad were applauded for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Mukwege, a gynecological surgeon founded a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His specialty is repairing women who had been raped with extreme violence. Murad on the the hand, was held as a sex slave by ISIS in 2016. She was made a UN goodwill ambassador at age 23 for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking.

 

 

As she announced the award on Friday at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said:

 

"Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes. 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.

Each of them in their own way has helped to give greater visibility to wartime sexual violence, so that the perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions."

 

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