On Friday October 5, 2018 Doctor Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who has been treating victims of sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ms. Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who survived sexual slavery by the Islamic State in Iraq and became a human rights activist won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Mukwege has consistently explained that the violence against women in the DRC which consists of literally using the body of women as a weapon of war is aimed at destroying the social fabric of their communities, displacing them from their land and destroying their economy. By targeting women they know that consequently cripple the whole community for generations to come. One of the obvious challenges in affected families and communities is how to integrate children born of rape. These children suffer rejection and all kinds of abuses just because of who their fathers are and what they did.
Today, women continue to be raped in Eastern Congo. For more than a decade now, Dr. Mukwege has been appealing to Congolese political leaders and the international community for peace. However, those who benefit from the chaos do not like it. This is why armed men entered his residence on October 25, 2012, held his two daughters at gunpoint as they waited for him to arrive and kill him. When they began shooting, Dr. Mukwege dropping to the ground and miraculously survived unharmed. Unfortunately, one of his staff was killed.