#WATWB: The Doctor Who Has Treated 30,000 Rape Victims

Posted: 2018/10/26 in Blogging
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There is a doctor in this world who has saved more rape victims than almost anyone else. His name is Dr. Denis Mukwege and he comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was once described by the UN as the “Rape Capital of the World.”

A 2010 study found that four women are raped every five minutes.

That is a terrifying figure of 1,152 women every 24 hours.

Much of the research conducted about sexual violence in the DRC has focused on violence against and rape of women as related to these armed conflict, mostly occurring in the eastern region of the country. The eastern region of the country does have the highest rates of sexual violence, and much of it is perpetrated by armed militia groups.

DRC has been a warzone for a long, long time. The land is rich in raw materials such as rubber, ivory, gold, diamonds, uranium, coltan and timber. Coltan is used in the smartphones. As with almost anything that people value dearly, love quickly turns into obsession, hell quickly breaks loose and establishes a formidable dominion over all concerned. Consequently, the DRC has suffered from war, corruption, death, disease, hunger, mercenaries, child labour, child soldiers and rape. Rape, sexual violence, and the abuse of women is the tragedy within the tragedy there.

It has been reported that the international corporations (mostly the US, Chinese, and European Companies) that benefit from the raw materials produced in DRC are responsible for the armed conflicts there.

The use of rape as weapon of war, rape as a weapon of genocide, has been frequent and widespread in the DRC, especially in the eastern side of the country.

War rape makes a particularly effective weapon because it not only destroys its physical victims, but entire communities as well. War, violence, and instability have ravaged the DRC for decades, and this has led to a culture of violence in war and civilian life that often takes its form in a sexual nature.

The situation of women in eastern DRC is too painful to bear and it can fill the heart with bitterness and hate, with apathy and despair.

To make it even worse, rape victims are often abandoned and marginalised by their communities.

Despite the trauma, despite the everlasting agony, the pain and the despair, of being subjected to rape and sexual violence, even gang rape and genocidal rape, the communities still ostracise and discriminate against the victims. It is cruel.

But hope is not lost.

Dr. Denis Mukwege is the hope that shines for these women.

Every day, 10 new women and girls who have been raped show up at his hospital. Many have been so sadistically attacked from the inside out, butchered by bayonets and assaulted with chunks of wood, that their reproductive and digestive systems are beyond repair.

He is the main street of hope for thousands in eastern Congo. He has stayed in a warzone for 14 years and practised medicine with bare medical resources and witnessed the unbearable enacted on the vaginas and bodies of women day after day. He has invented surgeries to meet the acts of cruelty and has helped repair 30,000 rape victims. He has opened and maintained a hospital providing ongoing care in a place with no roads, no water, no electricity, minimal internet or phone and rampant insecurity.

He has done this and has been the head pastor at his church and a teacher and a fundraiser and a mentor of hundreds of doctors and the head of the Panzi Foundation, which is responsible for opening justice centres and the City of Joy. Everything he does, he does with dignity, kindness and composure. He is beloved. In any village in South Kivu, his arrival is much like the arrival of the pope – throngs of people greet him, thousands of women whose lives he has saved or healed or touched celebrate him. We have few heroes in this world, few who have given their lives and souls for the safety and health of their people.

Few who are driven by such purity of love and service . . . A hero walks among us and his people.

Dr. Mukwege has been attacked in his home and shot by armed militia men, rapists and violent evil men who hate the hope that he gives to the world. His undying love still shines, though, and this year he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian actions in the DRC. He runs Panzi Hospital which cares for victims of sexual violence.

The rest of his story can be found here, here, here, and here.

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Dr. Denis Mukwege

This is the 18th celebration of the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB which is carried out every last Friday of the month, and which aims to spread love and positiveness in this vulnerable world. A celebration of heroes who can still restore our faith in humanity, especially in this period when our world seems to be full of endless series of horrible happenings.

Our generous co-hosts for this month are:  Eric LahtiInderpreet UppalShilpa GargMary Giese, and Roshan Radhakrishnan

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Comments
  1. This is a very sad story but an uplifting tale of one man who has decided he can and will make a difference in the world. A valuable lesson to know that it does not “take a village” to offer kindness to fellow human beings.

    • Peter Nena says:

      Indeed. It takes just a willing soul to make all the difference. Thank you for passing by and for participating in #WATWB. Do have a happy weekend.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    This story was so hard to read, Peter. I can’t imagine how this situation exists at this time. I am so sorry for these women and so grateful to this man. Thanks for sharing this story.

    • Peter Nena says:

      It is a difficult one to contemplate. There is true evil in the world. I feel sick just knowing that it happens. Those women in DRC . . . you could cry and go mad just thinking what is being done to them. Thank you, Dan.

  3. This is a story of devastating inhumanity, but also of humanity of this man, a humanity beyond measure.

    I have no words for those who practice these depravities on women, that is the only time: when faced with rape, child abuse, and genocide, that I cannot stay rooted in spirituality.

    Many blessings to this man and those he has saved. May he always be protected and celebrated.

    May the men who commit these unthinkable crimes face justice.

    • Peter Nena says:

      These events keep me awake at night. When I go to bed and my mind wanders, and I think about the world. Why there is so much cruelty, so much suffering against people. Why there can’t be peace, why we can’t stand one another. I wonder. But there is always hope, knowing that people like Dr. Denis Mukwege are around taking care of humanity against terrible, insatiable forces bent on tearing it apart. Thank you Damyanti.

  4. JoAnna says:

    I had read about Dr. Mukwege winning the Nobel Peace Prize and had a general idea about his work having shared the basics on my blog, but you have opened my eyes to the real horror he is working to heal. These hard details are important. I am so much more thankful for Dr. Mukwege knowing the difficulties he faces. May God continue to protect him, his helpers, and his patients.

    • Peter Nena says:

      Thank you JoAnna. He is an exemplary human being, working to heal the world in a depraved, dangerous place. It is too painful to contemplate these matters. I can’t help being bitter and vengeful about what is happening to these women. I am happy to hear that you also wrote about Dr. Mukwege. He deserves our love. Thank you.

  5. bikerchick57 says:

    Dr. Mukwege is a blessing to the women of DRC. Like Damyanti, I have no words for the perpetrators of this horrific type of evil. I hope that Dr. Mukwege can keep the hospital going and continue to tend to the victims. He is a savior!

  6. It never ceases to amaze me the cruelty that one human being can inflict on another but even more amazing are those who fearlessly seek to heal and bring hope like Dr. Mukwege. His story is uplifting. I pray for him and for all of these selfless souls who put their lives on the line in the service of their fellow man. They add their drop of light to the pool. May it shine!! Thank you Peter!

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