Nobel peace prize 2018 winners: who are Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad?

  • Nobel peace prize 2018 winners: who are Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad?

Nobel peace prize 2018 winners: who are Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad?

The head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said this year's winners were chosen to draw attention to the fact that "women are ... actually used as weapons of war".

However, in 2014, when Islamic State fighters rounded up the Yazidi community in the village killing 600 people - including six of Nadia's brothers and stepbrothers - and taking the younger women into slavery, her life become no less than a terrifying horror film.

A doctor in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a 25-year-old Yazidi activist who was enslaved in Iraq by Islamic State have won this year's Nobel peace prize.

"This year's Nobel Peace Prize celebrates the strength, the courage and the vision, the stories of a man and a woman who have risked their own lives to help, protect and save others". Two members of the awarding committee resigned in protest when it was determined to make the 1973 award to Le Duc Tho and Kissinger, while the results of the peace negotiations were still uncertain. She was held as a sex slave for three months before escaping from her captors. In August 2014, ISIS launched a systemic attack on her locality.

Murad, who is in her mid-20s, has spoken extensively about her experience, despite the enormous shame her culture associates with rape - many Yazidi survivors refuse to be named.

In this file photo taken on March 9, 2017, Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad speaks at a UN Headquarters meeting on "The Fight against Impunity for Atrocities: Bringing Da'esh to Justice" in NY.

Nadia was also the recipient of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, the Sakharov Prize, and the UN's first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

"MeToo and war crimes is not quite the same thing, but they do however have in common that it is important to see the suffering of women", said Reiss-Andersen.

Berit Reiss-Andersen, the Nobel committee chair, said the pair were "crucial" in fighting the crimes. "This becomes your normal day".

The award was announced Friday at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.

Her work as an advocate for the Yazidis, a persecuted religious minority in Iraq, helped to bring global attention to their plight and to secure the passing of a United Nations resolution previous year to create a team to investigate ISIS crimes.

The prize is worth nine million Swedish kronor (£777,000).

The award will be presented at a ceremony in Oslo on December 10, the anniversary of the death of prize creator Alfred Nobel, a Swedish philanthropist and scientist who died in 1896.

Past winners who came under criticism include former USA president Barack Obama, who won in 2009 after less than a year in office.

On Tuesday the Nobel Prize in Physics was won by a woman for the first time in 55 years, after Marie Curie won it in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963.