By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecological surgeon who is the co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, has risked his life to end the use of mass rape and works in one of the most volatile areas of the world. >> Read more trending news Mukwege, 63, runs a hospital in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and has treated more than 30,000 rape victims. He became an expert in the treatment of serious sexual injuries, many of which occurred during wartime.Mukwege was born in what was then known as the Belgian Congo. He graduated from medical school in Burundi and worked as a pediatrician in a rural hospital near Bukavu. When he observed many women suffering pain and complications after birth, Mukwege traveled to France to study gynecology and obstetrics at the University of Anger.Over the years, Mukwege has campaigned to show the abuses suffered by Congolese women. In 2012, he escaped an … [Read more...] about Who is Denis Mukwege, co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize?
Kim Hjelmgaard USA TODAY Published 6:15 AM EDT 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 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." Mukwage is a gynaecologist 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 group. Yazidis are a Kurdish religious minority group. The committee received nominations … [Read more...] about Nobel Peace Prize: Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad win 2018 accolade
Last Updated Oct 5, 2018 5:39 AM EDT The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad for their work to end sexual violence against women as a weapon of war. Norwegian Nobel Committee Chair Berit Reiss-Andersen announced the winners, who were chosen from among 216 nominated individuals and 115 organizations. Reiss-Andersen said this year's laureates "both put their personal security at risk by courageously combating war crimes and seeking justice for victims."Murad, a member of Iraq's minority Yazidi community, was herself a victim of sexual violence after Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants stormed through her hometown and took her captive. She has fought since then to bring attention to such violence and help victims of it. At 25, she is the second youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace prize, after Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai.Murad was one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi women and girls … [Read more...] about Nobel Peace Prize 2018 winners announced as Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad
WORLD NEWS 10/05/2018 05:05 am ET Updated 14 minutes ago The Congolese doctor and Yazidi activist won for their work to eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize on Friday was awarded to a Congolese doctor and a Yazidi former captive of the Islamic State group for their work to highlight and eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in its announcement. “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 other.” Denis Mukwege’s basic principle is that “justice is everyone’s business”. The 2018 Peace Laureate is the foremost, most unifying symbol, both nationally and internationally, … [Read more...] about Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad Win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize For Efforts To End Sexual Violence
Today is Friday, Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2018. There are 87 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 5, 1983, Solidarity founder Lech Walesa was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. On this date: In 1829, the 21st president of the United States, Chester Alan Arthur, was born in North Fairfield, Vermont. In 1931, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon completed the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Washington state some 41 hours after leaving Japan. In 1947, President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised White House address as he spoke on the world food crisis. In 1953, Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson. In 1958, racially-desegregated Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee, was mostly leveled by an early morning bombing. In 1969, the British TV comedy program "Monty Python's Flying Circus" made its debut on BBC 1. In 1984, the space shuttle Challenger blasted off from … [Read more...] about Today in History: October 5, 2018