Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad have won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.
The pair were awarded the honour “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
Dr Mukwege has treated thousands of women in Congo, many of whom were victims of gang rape, despite threats to his life.
Ms Murad was kidnapped and taken as a sex slave by Islamic State militants in 2014 and her fight to bring the terror group to account is supported by international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney,
“Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in its announcement.
“Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and other.”
Donald Trump was one of the favourites to win the prize following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
He would have been the fifth president to receive the prize worth nine million Swedish krona (£760,000), following Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, Woodrow Wilson in 1919, Jimmy Carter in 2002 and Barack Obama in 2009.
Among the 216 individuals and 115 organisations put forward this year were the Syrian civilian aid group the White Helmets, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has challenged many of Mr Trump’s policies, Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger who is imprisoned for allegedly “insulting Islam”.
Bookmakers also took bets on Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May at 100-1.
Earlier this year Mr Trump said “everyone thinks” he deserves a Nobel peace prize. His nomination was also supported by the South Korean president, Republican members of Congress, former Ukip leader Nigel Farage and a group of anti-immigration Norwegian politicians.
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