Denis Mukwege Age, Wife, Family, Story, Biography & More

Denis Mukwege

Full NameDenis Mukengere Mukwege
NicknameDoctor Miracle
Profession(s)Doctor (Gynecologist), Activist
Famous ForWinning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet inches- 5’ 10”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 80 kg
in pounds- 176 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth1 March 1955
Age (as in 2018)63 Years
BirthplaceBukavu, Belgian Congo, Africa
Zodiac sign/Sun signPisces
HometownBukavu, Belgian Congo, Africa
SchoolA school in Bukavu
College/University• University of Burundi, Bujumbura
• Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Educational Qualification• Medical Degree
• PhD
ReligionChristianity [1]Christianity Today
Ethnicity/RaceAfrican (Congolese)
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Awards, Honours, Achievements Awards

• UN Human Rights prize
• Olof Palme Prize
African of the Year
Van Heuven Goedhart-Award (June 2010) from the Netherlands Refugee Foundation
• The King Baudouin International Development Prize by the King of Belgium Albert II
• Deutscher Medienpreis (German Media Award)
• Civil Courage Prize
• Human Rights First Award
• Right Livelihood Award
• Prize for Conflict Prevention by the Fondation Chirac by Jacques Chirac and François Hollande
• The Inamori Ethics Prize
• The Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament
Women for Women International "Champion for Peace Award"
Prix Héros pour l'Afrique (Hero for Africa)
Nobel Peace Prize, with Nadia Murad


Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French Government
Officier de la Légion d'Honneur Française by the First Lady of France Valérie Trierweiler and the Minister of Francophonie Yamina Benguigui
• Fortune Magazine 35th World Greatest Leader
• Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People
• Seoul Peace Prize
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseName Not Known
Denis Mukwege With His Family
ChildrenSons- Alain Mukwege & 2 more
Daughters- 2
ParentsFather- Name Not Known (Pastor, Pentecostal Minister)
Mother- Name Not Known

Denis Mukwege

Some Lesser Known Facts About Denis Mukwege

  • Denis was born into a middle-class religious family of 11 members.
  • In his childhood, he used to visit sick people with his pastor father, which inspired him to become a doctor.
  • After completing his degree in medicine in Burundi, he started practising at a Christian Hospital in Lemera, South Kivu.
  • While working as a paediatrician, he saw various cases where women were suffering from pain and complications after birth, which inspired him to travel to France to study gynaecology and obstetrics.
  • In 1999, he founded the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu; with an aim to cure survivors of Congo’s epidemic of sexual violence.

    Denis Mukwege - Panzi Hospital in Bukavu

    Denis Mukwege – Panzi Hospital in Bukavu

  • In 2012, in an address at the UN, he said-

    “deafening silence and lack of courage of the international community.”

    On 25 October 2012, he faced the repercussions for raising his voice at the UN; as 4 armed men took two of his daughters’ as a hostage and even fired bullets at him. Though his security guard was killed, he escaped an assassination attempt. Post this incidence, he, along with his family, flew to Sweden and then Brussels, where they lived in exile for 3 months; until the women of Bukavu pleaded for him to return, which he accepted.

  • In 2015, a documentary on his life titled “The Man Who Mends Women: The Wrath of Hippocrates” was released.

    Denis Mukwege - The Man Who Mends Women

    Denis Mukwege – The Man Who Mends Women

  • So far, he has treated more than 50,000 women and is still counting on.
  • In October 2018, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in treating and fighting for the victims of sexual violence in Congo. He shared the prize with Iraqi activist Nadia Murad.

    Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad - Nobel Peace Prize 2018

    Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad – Nobel Peace Prize 2018