The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize goes to: Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad. They have been awarded the prestigious prize for their efforts "to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict." Denis Mukwege has made his life a mission to defend victims of war-time sexual violence. Nadia Murad is the witness who has the courage to tell of the abuses inflicted upon her others. "She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims," said the Nobel Prize official Twitter handle. Nobel Peace Prize 2018 Winner: Denis Mukwege & Nadia Murad Awarded Honour For Efforts to End Sexual Violence as Weapons of War & Armed Conflict.
Who is Denis Mukwege?
Denis Mukwege, moved by the suffering of the poor and unhealed, decided to to study gynaecology and obstetrics at the University of Angers, France. He came back to his country Congo to help people medically.
He founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been gang-raped by rebel forces. Dr Mukwege has treated thousands of women since the Second Congo War.
The Nobel academy further informed that Denis Mukwege has "repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticised 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."
Who is Nadia Murad?
"Nadia Murad is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army. The abuses were systematic and part of a military strategy. They served as a weapon in the fight against Yazidis and other religious minorities," informed the Nobel Prize.
Peace Laureate Nadia Murad chose to speak openly about what she had suffered after her escape from the IS. At the age of just 23, in the year 2016, she was named the UN’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.
"Nadia Murad, awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims," tweeted the Nobel Twitter handle, sharing an image of the brave Nadia Murad.