This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a Christian gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege who has been serving the rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Nobel Laureate nicknamed “Dr. Miracle”was a co-recipient for the honor together with Nadia Murad, a Yazidi activist.
For more than 20 years now, 63-year-old Dr. Mukwege has been administrating treatment through specialized procedures in order to treat countless rape victims in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu. Majority of these victims suffered sexual assaults at the hands of militants during the conflict.
Dr. Mukwege’s father is a Pentecostal minister; he found his inspiration to pursue medical profession after he accompanied his father when he prayed for the sick. In 1999, Dr. Mukwege founded Panzi Hospital, which is managed by the Pentecostal Churches in Central Africa (CEPAC). Dr. Miracle said at a keynote for the Lutheran World Federation that if as Christians we did not practically live out our faith among our communities and neighbors, “we cannot fulfill the mission entrusted to us by Christ”.
“It is up to us, the heirs of Martin Luther, through God’s Word, to exorcise all the macho demons possessing the world so that women who are victims of male barbarity can experience the reign of God in their lives,” he told the Lutheran assembly.
His Christian faith makes him approach his patients in a holistic way, as he says: “not only to treat women—their body, [but] also to fight for their own right, to bring them to be autonomous, and, of course, to support them psychologically. And all of this is a process of healing so women can regain their dignity”.
What is more, he is advocating for the Further, the 63-year-old doctor advocates based on Christian belief about dignity of men and women before God. For this purpose he wears a slogan on his lab coat that says, “Stop Raping Our Greatest Resources, Power to the Women and Girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo.”