The photo attached to this piece is of a man who has spent years treating women for brutal, organized, repeated, systematic rape. For his work, he has been beaten and shot at, his children held hostage, his life in constant danger. He works in a country that is in no meaningful sense a post-Westphalian state. The authorities are often indifferent to the attempts on his life, much as they are indifferent to the rapes and other suffering he treats.
Dr. Denis Mukwege is the 2014 winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought; the man who just a week ago …read more