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Denis Mukwege Awarded Manitoba’s Order of the Buffalo Hunt

March 24, 2014 12:46 PM | News

Dr. Denis Mukwege

Dr. Denis Mukwege

The province has awarded Dr. Denis Mukwege the Order of the Buffalo Hunt.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger made the presentation of the province’s highest honour on Monday in recognition of Mukwege’s work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo treating victims of sexual violence.

“Dr. Mukwege’s lifelong dedication to the advancement of medicine in the Congo and commitment to working with vulnerable women in war zones is to be admired and commended,” Selinger said. “His efforts in treating victims of sexual violence and his contribution to the field of gynecology cannot be overstated.”

Mukwege studied medicine in his home country of the DRC, working first in a rural hospital then traveling to France to study gynecology. He founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been gangraped by rebel forces. He is a world leader in treating the effects of sexual violence and rape.