with eyes open wide
It’s difficult to talk about gang rape, but Dr. Denis Mukwege goes beyond just talking about it to helping the victims in, many times, a life-or-death situation and denouncing gang-rape in a dangerous political and cultural climate where it is taboo.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is still not a stable region. Rebel forces control areas of the countryside and continue to bring fear to the remote villages. Gang rapes are common and the government has been eerily silent on initiatives to stop it and go after the guilty parties.
Dr. Mukwege runs a hospital in a very turbulent region and he performs sometimes 10 surgeries per day on women who have been viciously gang raped and left for death.
He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 and though he didn’t receive it, he will forever be considered one of Congo’s brave heroes.