NewsEast & Horn AfricaCongolese Mukwege, Iraq's Murad win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Tue,23Oct2018

Posted on Friday, 05 October 2018 14:19

Congolese Mukwege, Iraq's Murad win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

By Reuters

 The combo of file photos shows Doctor Denis Mukwege, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, left, on Nov. 26, 2014 and Yazidi woman from Iraq, Nadia Murad on Dec. 13, 2016 as they both address the European parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photo: Christian Lutz/AP/SIPADenis Mukwege, a gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State in Iraq, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday (October 5).

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it had awarded them the prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. "Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes," it said in its citation.

Mukwege heads the Panzi Hospital in the eastern city of Bukavu.

Opened in 1999, the clinic receives thousands of women each year, many of them requiring surgery from sexual violence.

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

Murad is an advocate for the Yazidi minority in Iraq and for refugee and women's rights in general.

She was enslaved and raped by Islamic State fighters in Mosul in 2014.

The prize will be presented in Oslo on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the awards in his 1895 will.



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