A Tribute To Life
The “man who repaired 30,000 women” reached worldwide fame for his work with victims of sexual violence during the war that has plagued for decades the Eastern Congo. Dr Mukwege appeared before the UN General Assembly and received the prestigious Olof Palme Prize in Sweden and the Sakharov Prize for Peace.
Born in 1955 in ex-Belgian Congo, Denis Mukwege first studied medicine in Bukavu, before specializing in gynaecology in Angers (France). He was shocked to witness in his country complications of childbirth experienced by women who had no access to specialized healthcare.
This gynaecologist became a symbol of hope and peace in ex-Belgian Congo. So much so that many people gave him their support for a potential presidential mandate, and called him to “the new Mandela”.
Originally published by Weyler förlag (Stockholm) and cowritten with Berthil Akerlund, this autobiography covers Dr Mukwege’s life from his miraculous birth in Bukavu (Congo) to several assassination attempts he survived, the latest in 2014.