* DR.DENIS MUKWEGE NAMED AMONG 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD ~ :: Habari Duniani

The 61-year-old doctor founded the Panzi Hospital in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 1999 to help women and girls who had been raped during the conflict then raging in the country.
Dr Denis Mukwege during an award ceremony to receive his 2014 Sakharov Prize
Nobel-prize nominated Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, who treats war rape victims, was named by TIME magazine on Thursday as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

"The people on the list, each in their own way, have lessons to teach," TIME editor Nancy Gibbs said in a statement accompanying the release of the 2016 TIME 100.
"One way or another they each embody a breakthrough: they broke the rules, broke the record, broke the silence, broke the boundaries to reveal what we're capable of."

Although the Congo war officially ended in 2003, violence between government troops and rebels, some with outside backing, has persisted, particularly in the east, and rape has repeatedly been used as a weapon of war.

Mukwege's hospital has treated more than 46,000 girls and women with gynaecological injuries, about half of them victims of sexual violence.

Among other names on the TIME 100 list, which was put together by TIME editors, are Caitlyn Jenner, who revealed her identity as a transgender woman last year, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Pope Francis and rock star Bono.

"The influence of this year's TIME 100, to my mind, is that down to the last person, they have the power to make us think. And they are using it," Gibbs said.

In 2012 Mukwege escaped unhurt when armed men tried to kill him in one of the most violent parts of the country, but one member of his staff was killed.
He won the Sakharov Prize, Europe's top human rights award, in 2014, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year. He remains a strong advocate of women's rights in his country.

Dr. Denis Mukwege Awards and Accolades

2007 – Republic of France Special Human Rights Prize
2008 – UN Human Rights Prize
2009 – Olof Palme Prize
2009 – African of the Year
2009 – Nobel Peace Prize (nominated)
2010 – Honorary doctorate in medicine at Umea University in Sweden
2010 – University of Michigan Raoul Wallenberg Medal
2011 – King Baudouin International Development Prize
2011 – Clinton Global Citizen Award
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