A 2018 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Denis Mukwege recounts his upbringing in Belgian-occupied Congo, which gained independence as the Democratic Republic of Congo only to fall into economic and moral turmoil. A world-renowned gynecological surgeon, Dr. Mukwege has witnessed the scourge of sexual violence against women in his native country and beyond. Here he sounds a clarion call-to-action to confront these atrocities and to create a new culture of safety for women.
This is...an interesting read on diplomacy, with Mukwege describing how he was forced to cancel a UN speech after being threatened by a Congolese government minister ... Throughout, Mukwege is at pains to show that the issues the DRC grapples with exist elsewhere ... his account will be of interest to others trying to raise awareness of specific issues.
Mukwege offers an impassioned argument for women’s health care and basic universal human rights ... In his moving account of his courageous work, the author spares no detail, demonstrating the indispensable assistance he and his colleagues provided to traumatized survivors ... he argues forcefully for the necessity of changing the education and mindsets of men throughout the world. An important, deeply affecting account of the invaluable work of a devoted humanitarian.
... a harrowing look at sexual violence in Congo and other conflict zones and a stirring call to combat the stigmatization of rape victims around the world ... This is a vital record of the suffering and resilience of Congolese women and a powerful exhortation to dismantle rape culture.