An AP story, via the BBC and congogirl
A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo who treats women raped by combatants in the war-torn country has been named “African of the Year”. . . .
“I am pleased to accept this award if it will highlight the situation of women in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,” [he said]. . . .
Denis Mukwege, 53, who runs a clinic in Bukavu, has said all sides have “declared women their common enemy”.
He says his award from the Nigerian Daily Trust paper of $20,000 (£13,700) will be used to fund a centre to help rape victims rejoin society. . . . [In early January] Dr Mukwege was awarded the Olof Palme prize, awarded for outstanding achievement in promoting peace. . . .
His clinic receives an average of 10 new patients every day.
Women in DR Congo are often raped and subjected to terrible violence by armed men as part of the decade-old conflict.
The Panzi hospital helps women with the physical and psychological injuries after being attacked.
It also provides help for women who have contracted HIV/Aids from their attackers.
A third of patents undergo major surgery.
I don’t have anything to add. I just wish the world was all people like him.
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