Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad win Nobel Peace Prize for fighting against 'sexual violence as a weapon of war'

WION Web Team Norway Oct 05, 2018, 02.38 PM(IST)

Nobel Peace prize goes to Mukwege, Murad for work against sexual violence Photograph:( Reuters )

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The committee said they were given the coveted prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. 

The Nobel Committee today announced the names of this year's Peace Prize giving it to Democratic Republic of Congo's (Dr Congo) Denis Mukwege and Iraq's Nadia Murad for their contribution in fighting sex crimes.

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The committee said they were given the coveted prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. 

"Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, war crimes," the Nobel Committee said in a statement.

Muradi, 25, an Iraqi woman from the Yazidi community was kidnapped by Islamic State(IS) terrorists in 2014 and endured three months as a sex slave before managing to escape.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mukwege, 63, is known as "Doctor Miracle" for his surgical skill and dedication in helping women overcome the injuries and trauma of sexual abuse.

"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," the statement added. 

"Each of them in their own way has helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence, so that the perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions," the Committee said while announcing the winners.

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"The physician Denis Mukwege has spent large parts of his adult life helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since the Panzi Hospital was established in Bukavu in 2008, Dr. Mukwege and his staff have treated thousands of patients who have fallen victim to such assaults," it added.