Denis Mukwega and Nadia Murad awarded with Nobel Peace Prize.

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The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.” (Oct. 5 2018).
A Congolese doctor who has been a fierce critic of his government’s treatment of victims of sexual violence and a Yazidi Kurdish activist who was held captive and raped by members of the Islamic State group are the winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Friday.

Denis Mukwege, 63, and Nadia Murad, 25, were jointly awarded the accolade for “their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

Mukwege is a gynecologist who has treated thousands of women with extreme sexual injuries perpetrated by rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Murad is a Kurdish human rights activist from Iraq. She is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of gang rape and other abuses by the Islamic State. Yazidis are a Kurdish religious minority group.

The Nobel committee said that this year’s winners made a “crucial contribution to focussing attention on, and combating, such war crimes.” Mukwege has been nominated for the prize several times. He is protected around the clock at the hospital he established in Bukavu in 2008 by United Nations peacekeepers. A long-lasting civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed at least 6 million lives.

Murad fled her village in northern Iraq after the Islamic State in 2014 launched a systematic attack on Yazidi villages. The aim was to exterminate them. Murad was held by Islamic State militants for three months before escaping. They threatened her with execution if she did not convert to their version of Islam. Hundreds of people from her village were massacred. Since her escape, Murad has chosen to speak openly about the sexual abuses she suffered.

Murad now lives in Germany after arriving there as a refugee.
Last year’s winner was the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). “The Nobel Committee has rightly chosen to highlight the role of women this year in giving the award to Nadia and Denis, and it is great to see women like Nadia leading on this issue just as they do in the disarmament movement,” the group said in a congratulatory statement.With a1unitedmedia Vaibhav Pratap Singh Author.

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