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09.10.2018 - Article

Denis Mukengere Mukwege

Ibanda/Bukavu Commune

The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dear Mr Mukwege,

Let me congratulate you most warmly on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

This honour pays tribute to your outstanding commitment to combat dreadful sexual violence in times of war and conflict.

The horror and the physical and mental suffering the victims have to endure are often unspeakable. You have succeeded not just in ensuring many sufferers receive medical treatment as well as assistance to help heal their emotional wounds, but also in giving the victims themselves a voice. You call to mind the atrocities, you insist the dignity of the victims be upheld. You do not shy away from calling the perpetrators precisely that and from uncovering the motives behind the violence. Fearless as you are, you have focused the attention of the world on the problem of horrendous rape in times of war. You and your co-laureate, Ms Nadia Murad, have my deep respect and great appreciation for what you have achieved and for the example you set all over the world.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

President of the Federal Republic of Germany

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