A young Iraqi woman tortured and raped by ISIS mililants and a 63-year-old Congolese gynecologist, who has treated thousands of African rape victims, have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege were notified Friday that they were the recipients of the distinguished honor.
In a statement, Murad, 25, said her people would “look upon this prize and think of family members that were lost, are still unaccounted for, and of the 1,300 women and children which remain in captivity.”
Mukwege was at his hospital when he learned he had become the latest Nobel Prize winner.
“I was in the operating room so when they started to make noise around (it), I wasn’t really thinking about what was going on, and suddenly some people came in and told me the news, he told VG, a Norwegian newspaper.
He is dedicating the award to all women affected by sexual violence.
Murad spent three months as an ISIS sex slave, reported BBC News. She was sold several times and subjected to harrowing physical and sexual abuse, including being burned by cigarettes, during her captivity. A neighboring family was able to smuggle her out of the militant-controlled area before she found a refugee camp in northern Iraq.
She is the first Iraqi ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mukwege and medical colleagues are believed to have treated 30,000 rape victims, developing expertise in sexual-assault treatments for 20 years.
He has previously spoken about the horrific abuse Congolese women have suffered, including chemicals being poured on their genitals.
The doctor lives under the permanent protection of UN peacekeepers at his hospital and is the recipient of the 2008 UN Human Rights Prize.