Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Congo was Awarded Famed Sakharov Prize

Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Congo was Awarded Famed Sakharov Prize

“The Sakharov prize – named after famous Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov – is awarded each year for the promotion of human rights and democracy around the world.” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29717994 This year, Congo’s own Denis Mukwege was awarded the prestigious Sakharov prize for aiding thousands of rape victims in the DRC. The 59-year old doctor founded a hospital in the eastern DRC in 1999 to treat victims of sexual violence. He has served over 30,000 rape survivors and currently treats ten cases a day. Sexual violence is a devasting issue in the Congo and presenting Dr. Mukwege with the coveted award sends a real message about fighting against rape and standing up for women in the Congo. Terrifingly, Dr. Mukwege even endured an assasination attempt for his outspoken advocacy for women and against sexual violence. Dr. Denis Mukwege will receive 50,000 euros and will be celebrated throughout Europe, the Congo and the world for his incredible human rights efforts that have helped so many Congolese women and families. Nelson Mandela was the first person awarded the European Parliament Sakharov Prize in...

Hero Women of Congo

Neema Namadamu is a native of the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo and was diagnosed with Polio at the age of two. In a nation that treats women and those with disabilities as second-class citizens, Ms. Namadamu, through the strength and unconditional love and support from her mother has persevered and became the first women with a disability from her tribe to graduate from university. An advocate for change, Neema Namadamu with the help of World Pulse founded the Hero Women of Congo, a center where women can connect, get support and share their stories online. “According to the UN, the DRC is considered the worst place in the world to be a woman. Through our work, these women found their voice and began calling for peace, for dignity, for sanity in Eastern Congo. They named themselves theMaman Shujaa, which means Hero Women in Swahili, and the world logged in to hear these resilient, strong solution providers, trumpet their universal song of peace, hope and a future for...

Despite All Disparity, Music Thrives in the Congo

The Symphonic Orchestra Kimbanguiste is magnificently the world’s only all-black orchestra. The Concerto, as Messy Nessy writes, “is a 200-strong band of classical musicians who come together against all odds, to make music in a country where the average monthly income wouldn’t be enough to buy a used violin. The musicians practice on their donated, salvaged and even homemade instruments at a demanding six rehearsals a week inside a warehouse in Kinshasa. Electricity often cuts out but the musicians play...