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Get to know Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege

DOCTOR MIRACLE: Joint 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr Denis Mukwege

DENIS MUKWEGE is a gynaecologist who has dedicated his life's work to treating victims of sexual assault.

Last week he became the joint winner of this year's Nobel Peace prize alongside Yazidi activist and ISIS rape survivor Nadia Murad.

Mukwege has been recognised for his work to stop the devastating effects that result as sexual violence being used as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

He runs a sexual health clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo for women and girls who have been raped or subjected to other forms of sexual violence during conflict.

To date, Mukwege has helped tens of thousands of women to overcome the physical injuries of sexual violence - and equipped them to deal with the psychological effects too.

The 63-year-old was busy at his clinic when he found out the news.

"I was in the operating room so when they started to make noise around [it] I wasn't really thinking about what was going on, and suddenly some people came in and told me the news," he said in an interview with Norwegian newspaper VG.

The news of his achievement was welcomed with cheers of celebration in his home country, and expressions of admiration around the world.

Responding to the news on Twitter, Mukwege, whose work has earned him the nickname "Doctor Miracle", said: "This Nobel Prize is a recognition of the suffering of women victims of rape and sexual violence, the need for a just reparation in their favor [sic] and the hope to draw a red line against the use of rape in armed conflict."

In a statement, the Nobel Peace Prize said: “Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, war crimes. Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. Each of them in their own way has helped to give greater visibility to wartime sexual violence, so that the perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions.”

In 2012 an assassination attempt was made against Mukwege's life. Today he lives under constant protection of UN peacekeepers.

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