Doctor, ex-slave win peace prize

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Mukwege said the Nobel prize he won along with Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist from Iraq, shows the "recognition of the world about the sufferings of women victims of sexual violence and it gives hope that all the survivors can get reparation".

"Women in particular have suffered greatly as they have been, and continue to be the victims of sexual violence", she said.

In 1999, Dr. Mukwege founded Panzi Hospital, which is managed by the Pentecostal Churches in Central Africa (CEPAC).

It is still shocking to note that rape during conflicts was not considered a war crime until 2008.

In this Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014 file photo, Doctor Denis Mukwege, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a gynecologist who specializes in treating victims of rape and extreme sexual violence, waves as he gets the Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg eastern France. His advocacy almost cost him his life and he was also exiled by the Congolese government for speaking out against their inaction.

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Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, former captive of Islamic State turned global advocate, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work against sexual violence.

Both Mukwege and Murad had "put their personal security at risk" by focusing attention on and combating such war crimes, Reiss-Andersen said.

Mukwege and Murad have always been contenders for the prize, awarded in a year when women have raised their voices against sexual harassment and assault as the so-called MeToo movement swept the world. "The world refuses to sit idly in the face of your suffering".

"The first thing they did was they forced us to convert to Islam", Murad told AFP in 2016.

"Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims".

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In his French autobiography, Plaidoyer pour la vie (Plea for Life), Mukwege recounts the "depths of horror" he encountered in his native South Kivu province that led him to set up the hospital in Bukavu. In 2016, the 23-year-old Murad was named the United Nation's first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

Very soon this empty hall at the Norwegian Nobel Institute will be packed with media eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Murad, 25, was one of an estimated 3,000 girls and women from Iraq's Yazidi minority group who were kidnapped in 2014 by IS militants and sold into sexual slavery.

She said the prize would make many Yazidis think about family members still unaccounted for as well as about 1,300 women and children who remain in captivity.

The 63-year-old has won a number of worldwide prizes, including the 2008 UN Human Rights Prize, and was named African of the Year in 2009.

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