On behalf of the Bishops and members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), the Archbishop of Kisangani and President of CENCO , Most Rev. Marcel Utembi Tapa congratulated Dr. Denis Mukwege, joint winner of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, for his commitment and efforts in healing women, victims of sexual violence, both Physically and emotionally.The message was sent in a letter dated 8th October 2018 and signed by the President of CENCO.
The Bishops used the occasion to encourage all and sundry to vehemently oppose all forms of violence against women. They further condemned the criminal use of rape as a weapon of war as it is a serious violation of human rights and respect of the victims especially women.
Dr. Mukwege is a 63-year-old Gynaecologist from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was named a joint winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize 2018 along with Nadia Murad for their efforts to end sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
He becomes the eleventh African to win the prestigious award.
Referred to as the “Rape Surgeon” and also “Doctor Miracle”, Denis Mukwege is said to have devoted his life to defending victims of war-time sexual violence; spending most of his adult life helping victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also repeatedly condemned the impunity for mass rape and criticised the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war.
He set up the Panzi hospital in Bukavu in DRC in 1999 and has since treated more than 85,000 patients; many from conflict zones, who had suffered complex gynaecological damage and trauma.