14:01 GMT11 August 2020
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    On Friday, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced two recipients of the outstanding Peace Prize - Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery under Daesh* in Iraq.

    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.

    The announcement has made waves in the Twitterverse, with plenty of people praising the two laureates' courage and leadership.

    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.

    Some people quite unexpectedly have included the UK's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the short list of candidates for the Nobel Prize.

    This year's Peace Prize pick has also sparked the condemnation of some critics over what they called the Nobel Committee's damaged credibility.

    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.


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