By Tenzin Dharpo
2018 winners of the Nobel Peace prize Nadia Murad and Dr. Dennis Mukwega. Photo-EPA
DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 6: Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has congratulated the two 2018 winners of the prestigious Nobel Peace prize. The Tibetan leader, winner if the award in 1989, said he wants to work with the two winners to make “this world a better place for everyone."
The 2018 edition of the Nobel peace prize was conferred upon two campaigners against rape and sexual violence in war-torn regions. The winners selected from 331 candidates were announced in the Norwegian capital Oslo on Friday.
In his letter to Ms. Nadia Murad from Iraq and Dr. Denis Mukwege from Congo, the Dalai Lama wrote, “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. "
"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," the Tibetan leader further wrote.
An activist and a rape victim herself, Murad is an Iraqi Yazidi who was tortured and raped by Islamic State militants. She later emerged at the forefront of the campaign to free the Yazidi women like her. "For myself, I think of my mother, who was murdered by DAESH [IS], the children with whom I grew up, and what we must do to honour them. Persecution of minorities must end,” Murad said.
Fellow winner Dr. Denis Mukwege known as ‘Doctor Miracle’ has spent decades helping rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is said to have treated about 30,000 rape victims, many of whom sustained horrific injuries of rape perpetrated as a form of weapon.
"This Nobel prize is a recognition of the suffering and the failure to adequately compensate women who are victims of rape and sexual violence in all countries around the world," he told reporters.