Africa celebrates another Nobel laureate.

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Denis Mukwege, the doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who was jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has dedicated his award to all the survivors of sexual violence around the world.

Mukwege won the world's most prestigious award jointly with Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq and herself a victim of war crimes.

Mukwege, a gynaecologist and surgeon, has spent most of his life working to treat thousands of women and girls in the DRC affected by rape and sexual violence.

In 1998 he opened his clinic, Panzi Hospital, in Bukavu, eastern Congo, and has earned the moniker 'the man who fixes women' for his work ever since. The lakeside town straddles the border between North Kivu and South Kivu provinces, which are home to various violent rebel militias including the M23 movement and the Ugandan insurgents, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

Sexual violence is well-documented as a weapon of war in the DRC's restive regions. His basic principle is that "justice is everyone's business".

The Nobel citation said: "The importance of Dr Mukwege's enduring, dedicated and...

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