Nobel Peace Prize 2018 won by Mukwege and Nadia Murad

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The Nobel Peace prize 2018 has been awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their effort to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

 

They won the award for their "efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war," said Nobel committee chairperson Berit Reiss-Andersen said.

Both have come to represent the struggle against a global scourge which goes well beyond any single conflict, as the ever-expanding #MeToo movement has shown. 

Denis Mukwege, a medical practitioner, who spent his life helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He treated thousands of patients who have fallen victim to such assaults.

Nadia Murad is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls who were victims of rape and other abuses by the Islamic State Army (ISA).

“She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims,” said the Nobel Committee.

The 2018 price is worth (million Swedish kronor ($1.01 million).

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