Earlier this year, when President Donald Trump was preparing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Trump couldn’t stop bragging that he might well receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to get North Korea to eliminate their nuclear weapons program and normalize relations with the rest of the world:
“Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it.”
As it turns out, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, who the Nobel committee lauded for “their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
How’s that for irony?
The Independent reports:
“Nadia Murad, one of the two winners of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, has become a spokeswoman for Yazidi women abused by the Islamic State group.
“In December 2015, she told the U.N. Security Council how she and thousands of other Yazidi women and girls were abducted, held in captivity and repeatedly raped after the Iraqi area of Sinjar fell to IS militants in August 2014. She escaped after three months in captivity.”
Dr. Mukwege and his team have treated thousands of patients who have been the victims of rape or sexual abuse in during the civil war in Congo. Of him, the committee noted in its citation:
“The importance of Dr Mukwege’s enduring, dedicated and selfless efforts in this field cannot be overstated. He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticized the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war.”
On Twitter, people were only too happy to remind Trump that he had been passed over for the Peace Prize in favor of those he so often criticizes, with one writing:
“How sweetly ironic that the Nobel peace prize winners are anti-sexual violence campaigners, when you thought you were in with a shout.”
Another posted this:
“Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s nominations beaten by heroes.”
So far, Trump has not commented on being snubbed by the Nobel committee, but the day is still young.
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