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Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad win Nobel Peace Prize 2018

Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad win Nobel Peace Prize 2018

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Democratic Republic of Congo’s Dr Denis Mukwege and Yazidi rape victim, Nadia Murad.

@NobelPrize tweeted, “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

Dr Mukwege, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, has spent large parts of his adult life helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr Mukwege and his staff have treated thousands of patients who have fallen victim to such assaults.

According to the Academy, “This year’s Peace Laureate 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.”

Fellow laureate, Nadia Murad, is the witness who shared the abuses perpetrated against herself and others.

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

“Following her escape from ISIS, Peace Laureate Nadia Murad chose to speak openly about what she had suffered.

Newly elected Iraqi president, Barham Salih tweeted: “I spoke by telephone with dear Nadia Murad and congratulated her for her Nobel Peace Prize. Nadia’s honor reflects the world’s recognition of the Yazidis tragedy, and all victims of terrorism in Iraq.”

Salih added that Murad’s recognition is an “appreciation of her courage and perseverance in defending the usurped rights. And it is a tribute to the struggle and steadfastness of Iraqis in the face of terrorism and extremism.”

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