Oslo: The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad for “their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”. The award was announced Friday at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.
The recipient is chosen by a committee of five people elected by the Norwegian Parliament.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. #NobelPrize #NobelPeacePrize pic.twitter.com/LaICSbQXWM
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Denis Mukwege is a gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, whereas Nadia Murad is a human rights activist.
The committee received nominations for 216 individuals and 115 organisations for the 9 million Swedish Kronor ($1.01 million) award.
Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq, was captured by ISIS in August 2014 and repeatedly raped and subjected to other abuses. The committee says she showed “uncommon courage in recounting her own suffering”.
Murad (25), is the second youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate after Malala Yousafzai, who was just 17-year-old when she won the prize in 2014.
Denis Mukwege awarded with 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.