Dharamsala, HP, India - In his letter to Ms. Nadia Murad from Iraq and Dr. Denis Mukwege from Congo His Holiness congratulated them for their being awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize for their dedicated struggle against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
He said, "This award is recognition of the formidable courage, determination and resilience you have shown in the face of great adversity to help and support fellow human beings, who have endured appalling pain and trauma. You have put compassion into action for which I commend you both. Working as you have to restore the well being of others in need demonstrates the strength of compassion. "
"I have great admiration for brothers and sisters like you who unflinchingly reach out to give comfort and protection to those in dire need of help"
He further added that he looked "forward to working with you in our common effort to do whatever we can towards making this world a better place for everyone."