A Medical Doctor and a Human Rights Activist, champions for sexual assault victims, win Nobel peace prize 2018

Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad win Nobel peace prize 2018

The 2018 Nobel Peace prize went to two individuals who really stand for victims of sexual assault and who fight against sexual slavery and other atrocities against people, Nadia Murad carries the fight for traumatised Yazidis of Iraq.

An article in the Guardian reports, “A doctor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a 25-year-old Yazidi activist who was enslaved in Iraq by Islamic State have won this year’s Nobel peace prize.

A Medical Doctor and  a Human Rights Activist, champions for sexual assault victims, win Nobel peace prize 2018

Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

The Norwegian Nobel committee said on Friday that Denis Mukwege, who has spent decades caring for victims of sexual assault, and Nadia Murad, who has used her own story to publicise human rights abuses, had been awarded the prize “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”.

Both had “put their own personal security at risk by courageously combating war crimes and securing justice for victims”. The committee has so far been unable to contact either winner with the news.Some recent awards have been controversial: the former US president Barack Obama won in 2009 after less than a year in office, and the European Union won in 2012. Last year’s winner was the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.”

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