Sunday, June 14, 2009

Stories That Need to Be Told

I posted this on Facebook a few days ago but neglected to post it here. From Slate:

They call them "enfants mauvais souvenirs," children of bad memories. During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, hundreds of thousands of Tutsi women were systematically raped and forced into sexual servitude by members of extremist Hutu militia groups. Many of these women became pregnant. . . .

Photojournalist Jonathan Torgovnik first became aware of the estimated 20,000 Rwandan children born of rape in 2006. . . . Over the next three years, Torgovnik returned repeatedly to Rwanda to interview and photograph [genocide survivors]. The result is Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape, a new book and traveling exhibition of 30 haunting portraits of Rwandan women and their children.

Read the whole thing.


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