Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege survived assassination attempt

Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege is a world-renowned doctor who has treated thousands of women gang-raped during the brutal Second Congo War.

Today gynecologist Dr Mukwege, who has aided victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo for nearly two decades, was announced as the joint winner of the prestigious prize.

He leads the Panzi Hospital in the eastern city of Bukavu, which since 1999 has cared for an estimated 50,000, many of who required surgery as a result of sexual violence.

The 63-year-old was jointly awarded the prize alongside Nadia Murad, with the pair both recognised for their work "to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war".

In September 2012 Dr Mukwege made an impassioned speech to the United Nations, during which he said violence against women and rape had become a "strategy of war" in the African nation.

He criticised authorities for not doing enough to tackle sexual violence, and called for those responsible to be brought to justice.

The following month armed men stormed his home, holding his daughters hostage.

His guard, Joseph Bizimana, was shot dead during the assassination attempt, and spent three months in exile before returning to a hero’s welcome.

Dr Mukwege is the leading expert on repairing the physical damage caused by gang rape, and has in the past performed 10 surgeries a day.

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A Nobel Prize statement said: "The physician Denis Mukwege, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 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."

The committee described him as “the foremost, most unifying symbol both nationally and internationally of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflict”.

The hospital treats survivors for physical injuries, as well as providing legal and psychological support.

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