DADDY WANTS ME DEAD
Every year girls are being killed because they brought shame or dishonor upon the family or community, usually for reasons such as refusing to enter an arranged marriage, being in a relationship that is disapproved by their relatives, having sex outside marriage, becoming the victim of rape, dressing in ways which are deemed inappropriate, or engaging in homosexual relations. Some dare to fee.
New York Magazine
just take off my red shoes, put them on and your dream'll come true.
(text: Kate Bush)
IF YOU ARE PASSIONATE, YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY.
~ dr. Mukwege
Last week I visited the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Congo to photograph victims of sexual abuse. Not only the victims (or survivors) impressed me, but also the founder of this hospital, dr. Denis Mukwege. He specializes in the treatment of women who have been gang-raped by rebel forces, the army and ‘normal’ citizens. Because of his strong vision about human rights and women emancipation he has been attacked in 2012. Why is he not giving up? Well, this is what he answered: ‘if you are passionate, you have a responsibility’.
A lot of people know about the civil war, the rebel forces and the ongoing trouble, but almost none of them know that women are the biggest victims of these actions. That is why ‘Stichting Vluchteling’ and LINDA. magazine want to draw attention to the fact that this is still a huge problem.
The 6 portraits / interviews will be published in the August issue of LINDA. magazine.