Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have been awarded this Friday with the Nobel Peace Prize 2018. Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who treats raped women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Yezidi activist Nadia Murad, ex-slave of the jihadist Islamic State group and a human rights activist, became the winners. Both were also winners of the Sakharov Prize awarded by the European Parliament. The Norwegian Committee has awarded the award for the work of both in the fight against sexual violence.
"Nadia Murad is the witness who speaks of the abuses committed against her and others, and she has shown extraordinary courage in relating her own sufferings and speaking on behalf of other victims," said the Committee. "Nadia Murad is one of the approximately 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the Islamic State Army (ISIS).
Doctor Denis Mukwege has spent much of his adult life helping victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "Dr. Mukwege and his staff have treated thousands of patients who have been victims of such attacks," the Norwegian Committee describes. "He has repeatedly condemned impunity for massive violations and has 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," he continues.