Un Manifiesto por la Vida: La Autobiografía del Hombre que Lucha por las Mujeres en el Congo

TitleUn Manifiesto por la Vida: La Autobiografía del Hombre que Lucha por las Mujeres en el Congo
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMukwege, Denis, and Berthil Åkerlund
Series EditorPetit, Núria, and Xavier Aldekoa
Number of Pages270
CityBarcelona, Spain

In his first years as a doctor, the Congolese Denis Mukwege discovered that many pregnant women in his country did not receive prenatal care, which meant that a high number of pregnancies ended in tragedy. His vocation as a gynecologist was born at that time and led him to study obstetrics in France. Back in the Congo, he turned to pay attention to those who were most unprotected. Ten years later, during the armed conflict, he founded the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, a region where militias have turned rapes and mutilations. genital weapons, and began to treat the many victims of sexual violence. The threats against him were not long in coming. Even so, Mukwege, who is also an evangelical pastor, denounced the situation to the government - which persisted in denying what was happening - and then to the international community, through the platform of The UN, in December 2006. Since then, her life is in danger and she lives under protection, which has not prevented her from continuing to fight for the end of the violence against Congolese women. Her effort has earned international recognition and has led to multiple awards, including the Olof Palme Award, the United Nations Human Rights Prize, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Conscience of the European Parliament and the Nobel Peace Prize 2018. (Publisher)

Translated TitleA Manifesto for Life: The Autobiography of Man Fighting for Women in the Congo
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