DRC surgeon receives Sakharov Prize for helping rape victims

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Denis Mukwege, Head of Panzi hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and winner of the United Nations award for Human Rights in 2009. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A Congolese surgeon has received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Dr Denis Mukwege is the founder of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu city, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

He is well known for his work with victims of rape.

The Prize is given to exceptional individuals who fight against intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.

Meanwhile, the UN Mission (MONUSCO) has reported a number of attacks against the Mission by local youth in Beni town.

Also in an area outside of Beni called Mbau, armed civilians blocked a joint patrol of the Congolese forces and the Mission on Tuesday.

The Mission is looking into reports that two civilians were killed and one injured in the incident.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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