Dharamsala: Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama congratulated Ms Nadia Murad from Iraq and Dr Denis Mukwege from Congo for their being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for their dedicated efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
“This award is recognition of the formidable courage, determination and resilience you have shown in the face of great adversity to help and support fellow human beings, who have endured appalling pain and trauma. You have put compassion into action for which I commend you both. Working as you have to restore the well being of others in need demonstrates the strength of compassion,” His Holiness wrote in his congratulatory letter.
“I have great admiration for brothers and sisters like you who unflinchingly reach out to give comfort and protection to those in dire need of help.”
His Holiness expressed that he looked forward to working with them in a common effort to work towards making this world a better place for everyone.
Murad is a Yazidi woman from the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, who was held as a sex slave by ISIS. In 2016, she was made a UN goodwill ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking.
Dr Mukwege, a gynaecologist and surgeon, has long worked to treat thousands of women and girls affected by rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.