We recently received news of what is being called an assassination attempt on the life of Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder and director of Panzi Hospital, located in Bukavu. Dr. Mukwege has been instrumental in treating survivors of sexual violence in eastern DR Congo. Since opening Panzi Hospital in 1999, Dr. Mukwege has helped over 30,000 survivors of sexual violence. He is an inspiring and dedicated advocate for women in eastern DR Congo.
Our hearts go out to Dr. Mukwege and his family, and to the colleagues at Panzi Hospital. The work of healing bodies and spirits is heavy lifting. The answer to differences is never violence. Eastern Congo’s trouble will never be resolved by more guns or violence. Peace to Dr. Mukwege, and to eastern Congo.