Nobel Peace Prize 2018 awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

Nobel Peace Prize 2018 awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

"I was not raised to give speeches, neither was I born to meet world leaders, nor to represent a cause so heavy and so hard".

Armed with false identity papers, she managed to cross the few dozen kilometers to Iraqi Kurdistan, joining crowds of other displaced Yazidis in camps.

She was named the UN's first goodwill ambassador for survivors of human trafficking later that year.

Was it just a coincidence that the Nobel Peace Prize committee recognized two activists against sexual violence on Friday, the same day that a man who is likely to be long shadowed by accusations of sexual violence was virtually guaranteed a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court?

Mukwege, a gynecologist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, lives by the principle that "justice is everyone's business" - meaning that we all share the responsibility for reporting and combating sexual violence in war.

"#MeToo and war crimes are not quite the same thing, but they do, however, have in common that it is important to see the suffering of women", said Reiss-Andersen of the Nobel committee.

"She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims", the committee said.

"Thank you for your tireless efforts to shine a bright light and to bring to an end the darkest of crimes - sexual violence as a weapon of war" - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Murad, who was a captive of Isis, has become a spokeswoman for Yazidi women abused by the group.

"For 15 years I have witnessed mass atrocities committed against women's bodies and I can not remain with my arms folded because our common humanity calls on us to care for each other".

Dawood Saleh, a Yazidi man from Sinjar who has resettled in the USA, told VOA that Murad's persistence in making the world listen to Yazidis' plight has paid off.

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Burjus said Murad has been overwhelmed by the honour of winning the Peace Prize. It's great moment for her.

It was at this point that Murad learned of the deaths of six of her brothers and her mother.

"I want to be the last girl in the world with a story like mine", Murad wrote in her autobiography a year ago.

After training at the university of Angers in France, he returned to Lemera where he first became aware of the use of sexual violence against women after the First Congo War between 1996-97.

The prize for the joint winners includes SEK 9,000,000 ($1,110,000) which will be paid next year. Past winners of the prize include Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad.

"They have thereby promoted the fraternity of nations through the application of principles of global law". And also for when the European Union was awarded the prestigious prize, which in light of today's refugee drama in the Mediterranean Sea seems nearly farcical.

The Peace Prize is given every year to the person who has done most to advance the cause of world peace.

She was bought and sold several times and subjected to sexual and physical abuse during her captivity. Past winners who came under criticism include former US President Barack Obama, who won in 2009 after less than a year in office.

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