Two fighting sexual violence share the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Two fighting sexual violence share the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending victims of war-time sexual violence. "Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others".

The Congolese gynecological surgeon who has won the Nobel Peace Prize for treating victims of sexual violence has previously called gender inequality a disgrace to society.

In October 2012 armed men made an attempt on Mukwege's life, forcing him to flee the country.

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Working from the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Mukwege and his staff have treated thousands of victims of such assaults. Murad was 21-years-old in 2014 when the militants attacked the village where she had grown up in northern Iraq, killing those who refused to convert to Islam, including six of her brothers and her mother.

She later escaped and has become a champion of the Yazidis and a global voice in their quest for justice.

This is Nadia Murad's story, in her own words. "At some point, there was rape and nothing else".

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After successfully escaping from captivity in 2014, she became an worldwide activist for the tragedy of the Yazidi people, who the United Nations has recognized as victims of genocide. "She's crying, she can't talk".

Nadia Murad escaped Islamic State abuse and has battled those crimes since. "But the further goal of this is that nations take responsibility, that communities take responsibility and that the worldwide community take responsibility", said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairwoman of the committee, which bestowed the $1.01-million prize. The resolution reiterated the obligations on states to take special measures to protect women and girls in armed conflict, and to hold perpetrators to account for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes including those relating to sexual and other violence against women and girls.

"I can say it: I am proud to be Congolese", tweeted opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi.

In Iraq, state TV stopped regular programming to report on Murad's win.

The estimated 550,000-strong Yazidi community are members of a Kurdish religious minority who have lived primarily in Iraq, Turkey and Syria.

Mukwege and Murad will share the prestigious prize of a gold medal, a diploma and a cheque for nine million Swedish kronor - nearly $1 million or 863,000 euros.

Last year, the prize was won by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

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