Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Anderson Cooper's Interview with Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dennis Mukwege

At the end of Sunday's 60 Minutes, Bill Whitaker gave an update.

Ten years ago, Anderson Cooper travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a civil war had turned into a war against women. Soldiers used rape as a weapon of war, destroying not only the women they assaulted, but also their families and entire communities. Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecological surgeon, operated on and treated thousands of women who had been victims of sexual violence.

'On October 5, Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work combatting sexual violence as a weapon. 

"We want to send out a message of awareness that women, who constitute half of the population in most communities, actually are used as a weapon of war — and that they need protection," said Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

60 Minutes Rewind, The War Against Women.  Anderson's report from January 13, 2008 ~

When Anderson Cooper reported from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2008, more people had died there in the country's civil war than in Iraq, Afghanistan and Darfur combined. Women were the most frequent targets, and Dr. Denis Mukwege's hospital was the front line.

The hospital was filled with victims of rape, most of them gang-raped. Mukwege told Cooper that soldiers didn't discriminate against their hundreds of thousands of victims; they raped anyone they came across. Mukwege said he treated girls as young as three years old and women as old as 75.

"They're in deep pain," Mukwege told Cooper through a translator. "But it's not just physical pain. It's psychological pain you can see. Here at the hospital, we've seen women who've stopped living."

Mukwege found out he was a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize while he was at the operating table.

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1 comment:

Pragya said...

lots of cute stuff from his cronkite lecture on twitter today :) I missed ac360 tonight, could you post the Chris/Anderson bit, please? <3

Also, I saw on Twitter that Anderson actually turned down the Cronkite award at first because he felt he did not deserve it.