Sakharov Prize awarded to Congolese gynecologist

The 2014 Sakharov Prize, one of Europe’s most prestigious human rights accolades, will go to the Congolese physician Denis Mukwege for his treatment of the victims of gang rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Congolese physician Denis Mukwege, renowned for his treatment of mass rape victims in DRC, will be awarded this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, European Parliament President Martin Schulz announced in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Mukwege has been treating rape victims at a clinic in Bukavu on the Rwandan border for decades. He has performed thousands of surgeries on women to heal their injuries sustained in violent attacks, often by local militias.

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