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UN deployed troops to protect Nobel Mukwege and his hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

September 10, 2020

The Panzi Hospital, which administers the Denis Mukwege Nobel Peace Prize in the city of Bukabu in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), has again been protecting the troops from the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) since Wednesday, as confirmed by the doctor himself .

“We welcome the new use of MONUSCO elements in Panzi this morning (Wednesday) to ensure the safety of our patients and employees,” wrote the well-known gynecologist on his Twitter. “Thank you to the UN for ensuring our protection,” he added.

MONUSCO had withdrawn its troops last May because of the pandemic, Mukwege spokeswoman Salomé Ekila told the Congolese newspaper Actualité, after seven years of sheltering the hospital where the famous doctor lives after attempting murder eight years ago.

UN deployed troops to protect Nobel Mukwege and his hospital in the Democratic Republic of the CongoUN deployed troops to protect Nobel Mukwege and his hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In recent months, Mukwege had received new death threats that prompted international calls for his protection and even demonstrations in Bukavu to call for his protection under the slogan “Don’t touch my Nobel”.

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