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Congolese Doctor Denis Mukwege wins Sakharov Prize for helping Rape Victims

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A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won the Sakharov Prize – one of Europe’s top humanitarian rights prizes – for his work with helping thousands of rape victims across the country.

Denis Mukwege a 59-year-old gynaecologist, has treated over 30,000 rape victims at the Panizi Hospital, which he set up in 1999 specifically to treat female victims of sexual violence, BBC reports.

Two years ago, he survived an assassination attempt by individuals who didn’t like his open condemnation of the use of sexual violence in the country by forces fighting to take control of the country’s mineral wealth.

The Sakharov Prize money is 50,000 Euros (£39,400; $63,600), which he will collect next month.

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16 Comments

  1. Dee

    October 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I’m so impressed by him, truly we can all do our bit in our communities

  2. tunmi

    October 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Congratulations. Such selflessness, and an assassination attempt too?? Wow, people can be so wicked. But I am sure his patients appreciate him.

  3. BEAUTIFULNBLESSED

    October 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    WHAT A WONDERFUL MIND. CONGRATS TO HIM.

  4. jojo

    October 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Wow. Kudos. god bless you and your efforts.
    Rape is a horrid thing to happen to anybody

  5. Dr. N

    October 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Well deserved. May every attempt to stop u remain unsuccessful

    • Vortex

      October 22, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Amen to that.

    • Tincan

      October 22, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      Amen. Inspiring.

  6. Ima

    October 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Congratulations, Dr Dennis. Well done, and may your practice continue to grow. Please stay safe.

  7. chwukwuwunmi

    October 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    so we still HV som1 wit a selfless heart like me.gud!

  8. Suwa

    October 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Congo has been described as the rape capital of the world….. smh. God bless him… true heroes

  9. deb

    October 22, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    That Congo is just an evil place.

    • wendy

      October 23, 2014 at 4:04 am

      and so are you, you deb girl, think before you open your mouth.

    • deb

      October 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Hmmmmm, evil oozes from your mind, evident in your comment just like Congo. So it is safe to say word ; Wendy, synonym; congo.

  10. @edDREAMZ

    October 22, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Thats one dope award…..
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    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  11. dup

    October 23, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Dr Dennis, May the Lord continually bless & Keep you and yours. Congrats your best has just began.

  12. leeleo

    October 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Mr Helper, God blessd ya

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