In Milan 2019

Portrait of Dr. Denis MukwegeDr. Denis Mukwege is a world-renowned gynecologist, human rights activist and Nobel Peace laureate from east Congo. He has become the world’s leading specialist in the treatment of wartime sexual violence and a global campaigner against the use of rape as a weapon of war. Due to the high level of sexual violence in the region amid a war that has shaken east Congo for more than two decades, Dr. Mukwege specialized in providing care for women affected during the conflict.

As a child, Dr. Mukwege accompanied his father, a pastor, to visit the sick in Bukavu, a city in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the shore of Lake Kivu. One day, they went to see a terminally-ill boy. They prayed for him but were unable to do more. Mukwege was eight years old at that time and decided after this experience that he would become a doctor, telling his father: “You can pray, but I will give medicines.”

For his many remarkable contributions to the protection and enrichment of human life and dignity, Lions Clubs International will present Dr. Mukwege with the Lions Humanitarian Award at LCICon 2019 in Milan, Italy. The award is our organization’s highest honor, given to an individual or organization with exemplary humanitarian efforts.

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