The Nobel Committee branded Denis Mukwege as a "helper who has devoted his life to defending" victims of sexual violence in his country. Nadia Murad was praised for her "uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims." The two 2018 Peace Prize laureates have much in common, but the biggest similarity is that they are working to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
Watch the moment the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize is announced.— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) 5 октября 2018 г.
Presented by Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. pic.twitter.com/fIv2yWPxE6
The announcement has made waves in the Twitterverse, with plenty of people praising the two laureates' courage and leadership.
The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege. These amazing people are known fighters of sexual violence. Congratulations!— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) 5 октября 2018 г.
Now let's take a step back and realize how insane it is that President Trump claimed that he deserved the award.
I saw Dr. Mukwege in a talk he gave and was very much impressed by his moral courage and personality. He is a true inspiration and he greatly deserves the price. The Noble Prize committee is to be commended for its choice. Félicitations dr Mukwege!— Cyriel (@CyrielVerstek) 5 октября 2018 г.
Two excellent Nobel Peace Prize laureates! Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, also Sacharov Prize laureates, are real giants for human rights. The choice of the Nobel committee is a strong message that violence against women must end!— Sophie in 't Veld (@SophieintVeld) 5 октября 2018 г.
However, some rushed to Twitter to claim that the prestigious award should have been bestowed on the likes of US President Donald Trump or self-exiled former Catalan leader Carles Puidgemont.
Global citizen is a part of the NWO— ❌Oliver❌ (@oliverartist) 5 октября 2018 г.
Peace prize should’ve been presented to @realDonaldTrump on a golden plate easily, but you prefer to go on the victim narrative, nadia is been used by the elites to push their agenda
Even the looser Obama got it only by doing nothing 🤮🤮🤮
So Donald Trump has more arrests against human trafficking than any other president in history and brings peace to the Korean Peninsula and doesn’t win? #FakePrize— Hey I’m talking to you, #WalkAway (@qvs_i) 5 октября 2018 г.
Propaganda. Trump and president of South Korea should have won it.— Brian Vette (@brian_vette) 5 октября 2018 г.
And Carles Puigdemont? He sacrifized his freedom to let catalans vote.— Koro-Sensei ❤️ (@ChuckyBcnCAT) 5 октября 2018 г.
Some people quite unexpectedly have included the UK's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the short list of candidates for the Nobel Prize.
What? Why didn't it go to Corbyn? This is an outrage.— David Boast (@DavidJohnBoast) 5 октября 2018 г.
What? Corbyn didn’t win the Nobel Peace Price today? Surely some mistake, I imagine it’s the hand of Israel’s dark forces at work again.— MrsMartyn (@vc61) 5 октября 2018 г.
This year's Peace Prize pick has also sparked the condemnation of some critics over what they called the Nobel Committee's damaged credibility.
after presenting the award to Obama for no good reason, you've lost all credibility. You remain consistent with your choices. Your prize is meaningless.— Eileen Sharkey (@EileenSharkey) 5 октября 2018 г.
This year 329 candidates were nominated for the prize, of which 112 were public and international organizations. The Peace Prize is one of five that was bequeathed at the very end of the 19th century by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. Unlike other Nobel awards and according to the will of its founder, the peace award ceremony takes place in Oslo.
The cash amount of each of Nobel Prize in 2018 is 9 million Swedish crowns (about one million US dollars).
*Daesh (aka Islamic State/ISIS/IS) is a terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries.