Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad conferred with Nobel Peace Prize 2018

09:34 PM | 10 Dec, 2018
Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad conferred with Nobel Peace Prize 2018
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OSLO - The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Monday awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to physician Denis Mukwege and human rights activist Nadia Murad.

Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said the pair were "two of the strongest voices in the world today".

"The fight for justice unites them, despite their very different backgrounds," she said on Monday.

In the Nobel acceptance speech, Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, a survivor of IS sex slavery, implored the global community to help free hundreds of women and girls still held by the militants.

"The protection of the Yazidis and all vulnerable communities around the world is the responsibility of the international community," Murad told the ceremony in Oslo.

The 25-year-old shares the Nobel Peace Prize with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women in the Democratic Republic of Congo's war-torn east.

Murad wept during Reiss-Andersen's description of the suffering of her people.

She survived the horrors of captivity under the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria where they targeted Murad's Kurdish-speaking community.

Older women and men faced summary execution during the IS assault, which the United Nations has described as a possible genocide.

Captured in 2014, she suffered forced marriage, beatings and gang-rape before she was able to escape.

In her Nobel acceptance address Monday, Murad said that thousands of women and girls from her community had been kidnapped, raped and traded "in the 21st century, in the age of globalization and human rights".

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Denis Mukwege,63, a Congolese doctor who has spent his life working with victims of sexual violence in The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mukwege has spent large parts of his adult life helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Mukwege and his staff have treated thousands of patients who have fallen victim to such assaults.