A Congolese doctor is to receive this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Renowned gynaecologist Denis Mukwege will receive the award for his work in treating mass rape victims in DRC.

The 59 year-old surgeon founed a gynaecology unit and maternity ward in Bukavu in 1996. He has gone on to treating thousands of women who have sustained injuries from rape. Since the beginning of the second Congo war in 1998, Mukwege has performed over 10,000 surgeries.

Established in 1998 by the European Parliament, the annual $64, 200 prize is awarded to defenders of human rights and freedom of expression.

This year’s prize will be awarded at a ceremony on November 26 in Strasbourg, France.

Source: DW