Nobel's Mukwege hears news in surgery as wild cheers erupt

Cheryl Sanders
October 7, 2018

Together, they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their campaigns to end rape and sexual abuse as weapons of war.

The committee said:Dr Mukwege, who has been nominated before: "Denis Mukwege's basic principle is that "justice is everyone's business". But the further objective of this is that nations take responsibility, that communities take responsibility and that the worldwide community take responsibility", said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairwoman of the committee, which bestowed the $1.01-million prize.

Murad, a survivor of the Islamic State group's brutal campaign of enslavement, torture and rape of Yazidi women, has campaigned for the freedom of her people since being released from nearly three years in captivity.

Mukwege has long operated a small hospital above Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. "He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticized the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war", the committee said in its citation on Friday.


Opened in 1999, the clinic receives thousands of women each year, many of them requiring surgery from sexual violence. The committee has so far been unable to contact either victor with the news.

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, former captive of Islamic State turned global advocate, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work against sexual violence.

"A more peaceful world can only be achieved if women and their fundamental rights and security are recognised and protected in war", she said.

In a statement, Salih said Murad's winning of the coveted award was "a tribute to the Iraqis' steadfastness in the face of violence and extremism".It also reflected, he added, "recognition by the worldwide community of the tragedy suffered by Iraqi Ezidis and all victims of terrorism". The militants killed those who refused to convert to Islam, including six of her brothers and her mother.


After three months, Murad was able to escape with the help of a Sunni family in Mosul.

In 2016, at the age of 23 Murad was named United Nations goodwill ambassador and won the EU's Sakharov Prize for Human Rights.

The Noble Peace Prize 2018 has been awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad.

Earlier this week the Nobel prize for physics was awarded to Donna Strickland, only the third woman victor of the award and the first in 55 years.


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