Denis Mukwege is an emblematic figure for many Africans. Indeed, this man who is called “the man who repairs women” has a very full list. It operates women raped. a restorative surgery that gives them back their dignity and their joie de vivre. This modern Nobel-nominated hero is fighting at his own risk in his country.
We open a window on this man who is among the most influential people in the world.
Youth and studies
Dr. Denis Mukwege is the son of a Pentecostal pastor. He was born on March 1, 1955 in Bukavu in South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He graduated from the Bwindi Institute of Bukavu where he obtained a degree in biochemistry in 1974. Then, he enrolled in 1976 at the Faculty of Medicine of Burundi. Then, with his doctor’s degree obtained in 1983, he obtained a year later a scholarship to do a specialization in gynecology at the University of Angers in France.
On September 24, 2015, Denis Mukwege attained the degree of doctor of medical sciences at the Free University of Brussels following the defense of his doctoral thesis entitled “Etiology, classification and treatment of uro-genital and genito-digestive traumatic fistulas in eastern DRC “. Then, in 1989, he left his job in France to return to the DRC and take care of the Lumera hospital.
It makes the world aware of all the treatment of women in the DRC where gang rape is used as a weapon of war. Then he specialized in the care of women victims of gang rapes. To date, he has operated more than 40,000 women victims of rape. Because of this commitment, his life is constantly in danger. Indeed, he has several times been victims of attack. Thus, a few times when its protection by the UN was lifted, petitions were signed to restore it.
For his commitment to helping others around him, Dr. Mukwege received as distinctions:
- an honorary doctorate from the University of Umeå (Sweden) in October 2010
- the Wallenberg Medal of the University of Michigan
- the Olof Palme prize in 2008
- the United Nations Human Rights Prize in 2008
- in 2009, the French prize for human rights and was knighted the National Order of the Legion of Honor
- the Van Goedart Prize in the Netherlands in 2010.
- the Jean-Rey prize, the Roi-Baudoin prize and the 2011 Ypres city prize in Belgium
- the German media prize in 2011.
- Chirac Foundation’s Grand Prize for conflict prevention in 2013
- the Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award) in 2013
- On 18 January 2016, he receives the “Hero for Africa” prize at the European Parliament in Brussels, accompanied by a check for 100,000 euros, awarded by the Foundation for Equal Opportunities in Africa
- On March 24, 2016, he receives the Renfield Prize from Pennsylvania University in Philadelphia, accompanied by a check of US $ 100,000
- In 2016, he appears in the Time 100 in 2016 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world