October 5, 2018 / 12:50 PM / 14 days ago

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mukwege says was in surgery when he heard the news

OSLO (Reuters) - Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege said on Friday he was in surgery when he heard the news he had been named a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

FILE PHOTO: Nobel-prize nominated Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege speaks at a news conference at the EU Parliament in Brussels November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

“I can see in the faces of many women how they are happy to be recognized,” Mukwege told the Nobel Foundation in a recorded interview posted on the foundation’s Twitter account, referring to the patients at his Panzi hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Reporting by Gwladys Fouche, editing by Terje Solsvik

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