He has been seen as something of savior for victims of sexual violence in his native country, where his surgery practice has become a refuge and beacon of hope for thousands of women. Through his work, he has earned the moniker "the man who mends women."
At his hospital, women are treated for vaginal fistula -- a muscular tear caused by violent rape -- and are also given counseling and treatment for the psychological repercussions of their experiences.
Mukwege said a fistula is one of the worst conditions a woman can experience. "A fistula is dramatic for a woman," he told CNN in a 2009 interview. "Everywhere she goes people don't want to be around her and reject her, so it's a disease that is worse than leprosy."
Mr. Mukwege shares the prize with Ms Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman who was tortured and raped by Islamic State militants and later became the face of a campaign to free the Yazidi people.
Speaking at the announcement, Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, paid tribute to both saying the pair have “put their personal security at risk by courageously combating war crime and seeking justice for victims." Source: CNN
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THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN - THE WRATH OF HIPPOCRATES is the portrait of https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d68a26ccabe85d27fd88d5768/images/cd1457a8-d7b9-48b5-bef4-b5f548859334.jp g" width="200" height="133" align="left" />the impressive life and work of internationally renowned gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He received the 2014 prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, for his struggle against sexual violence. Dr. Mukwege medically assisted over 40,000 sexually abused women in sixteen years of professional practice. He is a winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for his work.
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d68a26ccabe85d27fd88d5768/images/71d2c80c-cda1-48a2-a9d7-534befc9ff38.jp g" width="200" height="133" align="right" />Sexual violence against women has been used as a weapon of war for years in the violence-ridden and poverty-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo. In order to provide medical, psychological and emotional aid to the victims, Dr. Mukwege founded the Panzi hospital in Bukavu in 1999. Besides his work as a physician Dr. Mukwege also defends human rights and seeks to raise global awareness on the issue of sexual violence in his country. He condemns the political reluctance to tackle the problem and is not afraid to hit the nail on the head.
His work is not without danger, as Dr. Mukwege experienced in 2012, when armed men entered his home and started shooting. Mukwege and his family survived the attack, but his guard was killed. The doctor now lives cloistered in his hospital in Bukavu under the protection of the United Nation peacekeepers. The women, whose physical and emotional integrity and dignity have been restored, stand beside him, true activists for peace, and hungry for justice.
Directed by Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman, 2015, Belgium/Congo, 113' documentary in French, English, Swahil and Mashi with English subtitles.