October 5, 2018 / 12:51 PM / 10 months ago

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

FILE PHOTO: Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege delivers a speech during an award ceremony to receive his 2014 Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg November 26, 2014. Mukwege is specialized in the treatment of rape victims and founder of the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic Congo. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File Photo

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.

“I can see in the faces of many women how they are happy to be recognised,” 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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