Duo fight­ing rape set to get No­bel Peace Prize

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - World - AFP

Cham­pi­ons of the fight against sex­ual vi­o­lence, Con­golese doc­tor De­nis Muk­wege and Yazidi ac­tivist Na­dia Mu­rad, a former cap­tive of ji­hadists, will on Mon­day re­ceive the No­bel Peace Prize, which this year high­lights rape as a weapon of war.

Mu­rad, 25, and Muk­wege, 63, will be jointly pre­sented with the prize in Oslo, after they were an­nounced as win­ners by the Nor­we­gian No­bel Com­mit­tee in Oc­to­ber for “for their ef­forts to end the use of sex­ual vi­o­lence as a weapon of war and armed con­flict”.

Muk­wege, called “Doc­tor Mir­a­cle” for his sur­gi­cal skills, has spent 20 years treat­ing the hor­ren­dous wounds and in­tense emo­tional trauma in­flicted on women in DR Congo’s war-torn east.

Fel­low lau­re­ate Mu­rad has be­come a tire­less cam­paigner for the rights of Yazidis since sur­viv­ing the hor­rors of cap­tiv­ity un­der the Is­lamic State group, who stormed across swathes of Iraq and Syria.


■ File pho­tos of De­nis Muk­wege (left) and Na­dia Mu­rad.

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