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2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Updated: May 14, 2019

We have already written about the women's situation in Kivu (DR of Congo) where we recently initiated a project. At the global level, women constitute 70% of the population living below the poverty line, combined to the fact that the poverty rate in South Kivu reaches 84%, the situation is absolutely frightening. Hence the jobs of women carriers to earn the minimum needed to just feed their families.

This sad state was caused and amplified by the conflicts that dominated the region between 2005 and 2010 between the rebel forces and the regular army. The looting of natural resources was obviously the driving force behind this war, which taken as a whole caused more than 6 million deaths, mostly civilians. The weapons of war used were the destruction of the social life, but also the rape, practiced with a scale rarely seen.

We must therefore be delighted by the award of the Nobel Peace Prize last 5 October to Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege. For more than 20 years, he has been operating women victims of these atrocious crimes in his hospital in Bukavu, allowing their medical and psychological reconstruction. A necessary insight into one facet of a conflict that has too often led to overall indifference.


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