Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Congolese physician and Yazidi human rights activist win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Congolese physician and Yazidi human rights activist win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege, the co-winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, has said the global community has a duty to tackle wartime sexual violence.

"Nadia Murad is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the ISIS army".

Mukwege is a gynecologist who helped thousands of victims of sexual violence in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Many younger women, however, were spared death for another terrible fate that saw Murad and an estimated 3,000 Yazidi women and underage girls kidnapped by the extremists and forced into sex slavery.

His Christian faith makes him approach his patients in a holistic way, as he says: "not only to treat women-their body, [but] also to fight for their own right, to bring them to be autonomous, and, of course, to support them psychologically".

Like thousands of Yazidis, Murad was forcibly married to a jihadist, beaten and forced to wear makeup and tight clothes - an experience she later related in front of the United Nations Security Council. "Dr. Mukwege brings smiles and helps fix women from the barbaric acts of men in Congo", she said.

She was exploited as a sex slave by Daesh terrorists before managing to escape in late 2014.

Dr. Mukwege has earned the moniker "The man who mends women" for the work he and his colleagues at Panzi Hospital have done since he founded the clinic in the eastern DRC city of Bukavu 20 years ago.

Both winners have "put their personal security at risk by courageously combating war crimes and seeking justice for the victims", Reiss-Andersen added. Her assaulters threatened to execute her if she did not convert to their hateful, inhuman version of Islam.

A father of five, the tireless 63-year-old is an outspoken critic of the abuse of women in war and has repeatedly accused the world of failing to act.

In Iraq, state TV stopped regular programming to report on Murad's win.

Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for using a sped-up version of evolution to create new proteins that have led to a best-selling drug and other products.

In September 2016, he also won the Seoul Peace Prize.

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.

In other Nobel prizes this year, the medicine prize went Monday to James Allison of the University of Texas and Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University, whose discoveries helped cancer doctors fight many advanced-stage tumors and save an "untold" numbers of lives.

The victor of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, honoring Alfred Nobel, the founder of the five Nobel Prizes, will be revealed on Monday. Jean-Claude Arnault was sentenced in Stockholm this week to two years in prison for rape.

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