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Dr. Mukwege: a movie about the man that repairs women

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Colette Braeckman and Thierry Michel, journalists and directors of Belgian nationality have immortalized the works by the Congolese doctor, Denis Mukwege, through the documentary « L’homme qui répare les femmes – la colère d’Hippocrate » (The man who repairs women – the anger of Hippocrates).

The movie traces back the career path of the doctor who dedicates his skills and life to women victim of sexual violence. Testimonies and other stories told in the movie show the use of women as a war instrument in some regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

The movie supported by the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) will come out during April 2015. However, it was already projected in preview at the head office of the International Criminal Court (Hague).

Dr. Denis Mukwege has never received the Nobel Prize for which he was nominated several times. However, his works are not ignored by the international community. Dr. Denis Mukwege has been since 1999 founder of the Panzi Foundation hospital that « repairs » the life of women victim of sexual violence.

In Africa where these topics are taboo, Denis Mukwege is considered as a messiah. For several decades, he has fought against this weapon of war about which the international community seldom talks about but which morally and physically affects the victims.

« Chemical, biological, nuclear weapons have long-term effects. It is similar for rape! People apparently stay alive but in reality, it is families, villages, societies that are destroyed over generations« , declared Denis Mukwege. In 2014, he received the Sakharov Prize of the European parliament.


Original text by: Roger ADZAFO

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