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News Release - Manitoba

March 24, 2014


Premier Greg Selinger today awarded one of Manitoba’s highest honours, the Order of the Buffalo Hunt, to Dr. Denis Mukwege, in recognition of his work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo treating victims of sexual violence.

“Dr. Mukwege’s lifelong dedication to the advancement of medicine in the Congo and commitment to working with vulnerable women in war zones is to be admired and commended,” said Premier Selinger.  “His efforts in treating victims of sexual violence and his contribution to the field of gynecology cannot be overstated.”

Mukwege was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where he studied medicine, working first in a rural hospital then traveling to France to study gynecology.  He founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been gang‑raped by rebel forces.  He is a world leader in treating the effects of sexual violence and rape.

This tireless advocacy has led to tremendous challenges for Mukwege including threats and an attack on his life.  He survived an assassination attempt after speaking out against the indifference of the international community to 16 years of mass rapes in the DRC.

“This courage in the face of adversity and conviction to fight for what’s right and just exemplifies the Order of the Buffalo Hunt’s principles of leadership, commitment and service to community,” said Selinger.  “I am humbled to be able to present this honour to such a deserving individual.”

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