Denis Mukwege: Portrait of this Nobel Peace Prize
Denis Mukwege was born on March 1, 1955, in Bukavu, South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was a renowned physician and gynecologist. He was involved with the treatment of sexually abused victims in the DRC.
Apart from that, he was also a human rights advocate and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate in East Congo. Prem Rawat, the peace ambassador who promotes peace through messages said, "The peace which is within us, we must experience it." Read the article about Denis Mukwege, a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Childhood and education
Denis Mukwege was the son of a Pentecostal minister. He grew up in Bukavu. He used to visit sick parishioners with his father in his early childhood. Seeing the plights of the patients, he realized that it was necessary to provide his village with better health care and medications.
After graduating from high school, he went to a college in Burundi to study Medicine. After he graduated, Denis Mukwege returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo. He took up the position of a physician at a hospital in Lemera village.
Denis Mukwege advocates human rights
Soon after, Dr. Denis Mukwege had become a famous gynecologist worldwide. He specialized in the treatment of women who underwent sexual abuses during the wars. He felt compassion with women who were raped by armed rebels and enemies.
Therefore, Dr. Denis acted as an advocate for the rights of sexually offended people and publicly denounced the use of rape in wars. He condemned the abuses of women by militants in internal and external conflicts.
Denis Mukwege's work description
Mukwege cooperated with Nadia Murad to defend human rights. In fact, both of them made efforts to crack down on the sexual violence which has been commonly used to wage war and spark conflict against opponent countries. His duties involved performing surgical treatment to rape victims since the Second Congo War.
He was devoted to women's well-being
He worked for 17 hours a day to restore the body of sexually abused victims. Some sexually abused victims suffered from injuries and sufferings even a long time after their abuses. For example, some complain about genital lesions, others have obstetric fistula after delivering their baby.
Some patients need to undergo at least 10 different operations on a single a day in order to recover from the gynecological damage. His job involved repairing injured parts of the body of rape victims. In 2003, he received the "Right Livelihood Award" for "his work healing women survivors of war-time sexual violence."
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
In 2012, angry protesters committed mass rape against girls and women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Denis condemned the rapists and criticized the Congolese government for contending to be a mere observer of the cases, without taking any measures. Then, four men attempted to assassinate him at his residence.
In 2018, Mukwege was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with his associate Nadia Murad who was also a human rights activist.
Why are people violent?
Obviously, when we are not at peace with themselves, it is difficult to keep peace in the community and society where they live. That is what Prem Rawat said in one of his messages of peace, which says, "we have to find our own peace." This implies that to have a harmonious country, it is crucial that each individual be at peace with themselves.