TIME 100 Icon: Dr Denis Mukwege Mukenge
The Republican News chose to pay homage to Dr Denis Mukwege for incredible benevolent works he has done in Democratic Republic Of Congo in rescuing and healing girls, women who are victims of rapes in the war torn country in the Congo.
Among all who were chosen by the TIME Magazine, he is the sole invdividual that attracted our attention for the right reasons.
He is an incredible person with perhaps the largest heart in that part of Africa if not in the the entire African continent. Hardly could one see a doctor who could carry out such works in African continent without demanding for money from his patients. But he did it all for the vunerable and impoverished girls, women who have been brutally raped by war-hardened soldiers and others, for free.
Dr Denis Mukwege Mukenge
By Jill Biden
Healing the survivors of wartime rape
In the heart of Africa, after a lengthy journey along a sienna dirt road cut through mountainous jungle on the eastern side of the Democratic Republic of Congo, within sight of the border with Rwanda and one of the bloodiest tribal-civil wars ever known, we arrived at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu.
It was there that I first met Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecological surgeon and founder of the hospital. With a towering presence, a disarming smile and a soft, soothing voice, he is a source of strength and sanctuary in a land of violence and despair—a forgotten war. The son of a Pentecostal pastor, he is guided by the Hippocratic oath and an indomitable commitment to justice on his own mission to save these communities one woman at a time.
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What Dr. Mukwege and his team at Panzi Hospital do is extraordinary. Theirs is a reality where 48 women in the DRC are raped every hour, according to a 2011 report. They have treated more than 46,000 victims of sexual- and gender-based violence—6-year-olds and octogenarians alike. Beyond healer to these women and girls, Dr. Mukwege is hope.
Biden, a lifelong educator, is the wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden