Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad jointly awarded 2018 Nobel Peace Prize
Norwegian Nobel Committee has selected Dr. Denis Mukwege (63), Nadia Murad (25) jointly awarded 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. They were given award for their efforts to end use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
Dr. Denis Mukwege: He is Congolese gynecological surgeon. He was awarded prize for defending victims of war-time sexual violence. He has been involved in helping victims of sexual violence in African nation of Democratic Republic of Congo. Mukwege along with his staff have treated thousands of war-time sexual assault victims.
Nadia Murad: She was one of the thousand Yazidi women who were abucted, abused and raped by IS (Islamic State) and kept in captivity. Following her escape from IS, Nadia Murad spoke about assault faced by her. She was one of rape victim who came out in public about abuse she and other women underwent. She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims. In 2016, Murad was named UN’s first Goodwill Ambassador for Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.
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