Congo’s compassionate hero Dr. Denis Mukwege, who has reportedly treated more than 40,000 women in the last 12 years — and performed more than 15,000 operations on women whose genitals and internal organs have been destroyed by sexual violence, has survived an assassination attempt.
Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times commented: “Dr. Mukwege presumably was targeted because of a strong speech he gave at the United Nations last month, denouncing mass rape in Congo and the impunity for it. President Kabila [Congo’s president] has long been angry at Dr. Mukwege, and the UN speech can’t have helped. Meanwhile, Dr. Mukwege has also offended Rwanda with his denunciations of Rwanda’s role in the slaughter and rape in eastern Congo.”
The world would do well to listen to what the good doctor has to say about the attack, the murder of the security guard who defended him, and what it says about the ongoing violence that goes unchallenged in Eastern Congo: Dr. Mukwege Fights Back.