"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


african of the year

I'm very pleased to learn that Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper has named Congolese Dr. Denis Mukwege as African of the Year. Dr. Mukwege is the Chief of Medicine at the Panzi Hospital of Bukavu, a hospital on Bukavu's eastern side that primarily serves women and girls who are victims of violent rape.

Interviewing Dr. Mukwege was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. He and his staff work all the time to fight the rising tide of sexual violence in the Kivus. They see the absolute worst things that human beings do to one another, but they keep working in the knowledge that they can save women, one by one.

Mukwege will use the $20,000 prize for a center that will help reintegrate his patients back into Congolese society. This honor is very well-deserved.


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