Thank Congolese Doctor for Returning From Exile To Aid Victims of Sexual Violence

Target: Gynecologist Denis Mukwege

Goal: To thank Dr. Denis Mukwege for returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo to continue treating victims of sexual assault and rape.

Congolese gynecological surgeon Denis Mukwege fled his home in the Democratic Republic of Congo after an assassination attempt last year. After taking refuge in Belgium and the United States, Dr. Mukwege has recently returned to his home in Bukavu to continue his work of treating victims of sexual assault and rape.

Throughout his career in the Congo, Dr. Mukwege has treated thousands of victims of sexual assault and is known to some in the area as the “messiah of women.” His return is an important event as he is a symbol of equality and peace in Congo. He brings hope that he, along with the people he has inspired, will write the next chapter of Congo’s history. During his time in self-imposed exile, he met with important members of the American and European governments in an attempt to gain international attention to the unrest in the DRC. His voice gave a voice to the victims of the violence that persists in Congo.

The fact that Dr. Mukwege wants to continue his work despite the threat of personal harm is heroic. The armed groups mostly likely behind his assassination attempt were unhappy with his comments on behalf of women raped by the rebel groups who roam eastern Congo. Dr. Mukgewe’s message of love and support for the people of Congo transcends the danger that he faces now and so he returns to aid the people of his country. The United Nations has called Congo the rape capital of the world, so the work of people like Dr. Mukwege must be recognized. His ability to rally the people around him and his international fame makes him an ideal candidate to make headway against mass rape. Sign this petition and thank Dr. Mukwege for returning to the DRC to continue his work helping victims of rape and sexual assault.


Dear Dr. Denis Mukwege,

I would like to thank you for your work attending to victims of sexual assault and rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo. By healing these victims you are providing a great service to them and their families. Your attempts to raise international attention to the crisis of mass rape in Congo is equally heroic. Risking your life speaking out against groups responsible for these crimes is something that is far beyond your medical training.

I thank you for taking these risks and for assuming a leadership role that is so desperately needed for meaningful change. Giving voice to the victims of the crimes is the most efficient tool you can use to gain international attention for your cause. You are a hero and deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize for your work in the Congo. Thank you.


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