Noble deeds go unnoticed by Nobel committee

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Berit Reiss-Andersen, who chairs the Norwegian Nobel Committee that hands out the prize, praised the pair for shining a spotlight on wartime rape.

Ms. Murad was awarded jointly with Denis Mukwege a Congolese gynecologist who has treated thousands of rape victims.

In 2016, at age 23, she was awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe and named the UN's first goodwill ambassador for survivors of human trafficking.

Murad said she was "honored and humbled" by the award which she would share with Yazidis, Iraqis, Kurds and other persecuted minorities as well as victims of sexual violence. "Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and other", Reiss-Andersen said after announcing the winners.

"... I start (ed) my program, and it was good because I was just at the end of the second operation, when suddenly people started just to cry and make noise... and I can see in the eyes of many how they are happy to be recognized", he added.

This is Nadia Murad's story, in her own words. For this goal he wears a slogan on his lab coat that says, "Stop Raping Our Greatest Resources, Power to the Women and Girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo".

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Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq, was captured by the Islamic State as it overran villages in the Sinjar district.

Mukwege, 63, heads the Panzi Hospital in the eastern city of Bukavu.

Here is everything you need to know about Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege.

Some commentators predicted that President Donald Trump and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in may be recipients of the prize for their work on restoring peace to the Korean peninsula, despite the fact that North Korea has not yet agreed to denuclearize.

"The first thing they did was force us to convert to Islam".

Modern human history has been ravaged by innumerable instances of sexual violence being wielded as a weapon of war and a deliberate military strategy. Murad managed to escape her captors after three months.

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And she and the Yazidis have won a high-profile supporter - Lebanese-British lawyer and rights activist Amal Clooney, who also penned the foreword to Murad's book, "The Last Girl", published in 2017.

ANTONIO GUTERRES: This prize also recognizes countless victims around the world who have too often been stigmatized, hidden and forgotten.

The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences will be revealed on Monday.

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Very soon this empty hall at the Norwegian Nobel Institute will be packed with media eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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