Yes. Even men can be sheroes. Even though they are heroes, but as without a she there would not be a He;
We shall call them sheroes as well.
And we shall honor them, celebrate them and immortalise them alongside the women who inspire us.
And our first HeShero is-
-A Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege is known as “Doctor Miracle” for his ability to repair through reconstructive surgery the horrific damage inflicted on women who have been raped.
Born 1 March 1955, Denise Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist who founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Bukavu nearly 20 years ago where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been raped by armed rebels. He has treated thousands of women who were victims of rape since the Second Congo War, some of them more than once, performing up to ten operations a day during his 18-hour working days. Mukwege is “likely the world’s leading expert on repairing injuries of rape” according to the Daily Mail.
Dr Mukwege recounted the horrific injury the patient had suffered in a BBC interview, saying the woman had not only been raped but bullets had been fired into her genitals and thighs.
He, along with his colleagues, have since treated tens of thousands of victims.
Panzi hospital now cares for more than 3,500 women a year. Sometimes Dr Mukwege performs as many as 10 operations a day.
‘Rape capital of the world’
“I… started a hospital made from tents. I built a maternity ward with an operating theatre. In 1998, everything was destroyed again. So, I started all over again in 1999,”
Panzi hopsital has since grown to become a major health facility in eastern DR Congo. Its website says it has 370 doctors, nurses and support staff. It serves a population of 400,000 and also treats patients from neighbouring countries.
Eastern DR Congo has been wracked by more than two decades of conflict, with numerous armed groups battling for control of the region’s rich deposits of gold and other precious minerals. Many different militias have been accused of carrying out the indiscriminate rape of the region’s women.
“The conflict in DR Congo is not between groups of religious fanatics. Nor is it a conflict between states. This is a conflict caused by economic interests – and it is being waged by destroying Congolese women,” Dr Mukwege told the BBC.
In September 2012, in a speech at the UN, Dr Mukwege criticised President Joseph Kabila’s Government and other countries for not doing enough to stop what he called “an unjust war that has used violence against women and rape as a strategy of war”.
The following month he was targeted by gunmen who broke into his home and briefly held his daughter’s hostage and his trusted friend and security guard killed.
He later fled with his family to Sweden, then to Belgium and returned home in 2013 following a campaign by local women who raised funds to pay for his return ticket.
“After that gesture, I couldn’t really say no. And also, I am myself determined to help fight these atrocities, this violence.”
“My life has had to change, since returning. I now live at the hospital and I take a number of security precautions, so I have lost some of my freedom,” he told the BBC’s Outlook programme in 2013.
Dr Mukwege currently lives under the permanent protection of UN peacekeepers at his hospital.
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