Panel addresses human rights in Congo

October 18, 2016  //  FOUND IN: UMHS News

International Institute,  Bryna Barron

Congolese surgeon and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Denis Mukwege recently visited U-M to discuss Congo’s civil war and the related health and humanitarian atrocities occurring there.

Mukwege came with documentary film director Michael Ramsdell for a special screening of Ramsdell’s movie, When Elephants Fight. The 90-minute film explores the consequences of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s ongoing civil war – fallout that Dr. Mukwege sees regularly at his hospital.

The screening was followed by a Q&A session that included panelist Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D., Bates Professor of the Diseases of Women and Children and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the U-M Medical School.

As Director of Panzi hospital in the city of Bukavu, Mukwege, M.D., Ph.D., has treated more than 40,000 women victims of sexual violence and brutality, including many who’ve been victimized by soldiers in the country’s now decades-old civil war.

Click here to learn more about Mukwege and When Elephants Fight.