Uncut. FGM in Somaliland.
A girl walking downtown Hargeisa, the capital city of Somaliland. Of the 27 African countries where various types of vaginal amputation are in use, Somalia and Somaliland hold first place with the highest prevalence rate: 98% of the Somaliland women are infibulated and sewn up again after the birth of each child, resulting in 6 to 13 stitchings throughout their lives. Hargeisa. somaliland. 2015-07-29
Uncut. FGM in the Maasai communities in Kajiado County, Kenya.
Prevalence of FGM has decreased 20% among the Maasai in Kenya in 12 years, but the struggle towards women’s liberation is still rough around the edges. There are two strict laws being enforced in the country: the latest one, passed in 2011, foresees even sentences for those who discriminate against women who are not cut. Since 2014, a national prosecution unit has investigated cases throughout Kenya to enforce the law. However, within the confines of the Maasai settlements the only supreme law is sanctioned by the elders on the traditional path. A rescued girl plays in the canteen of the Il Bissil rescue centre. Kajiado. Kenya 2015-09-29
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Kenya is one of the 27 African countries (among 29 in the world) in which FGM is still widespread: here, 27% of women are circumcised but in some regions the prevalence rises up to 70%. In West Pokot, most of the population belongs to the Pokot ethnic group: they have a patriarchal social system and FGM - though it’s illegal in Kenya since 2001 - is considered a necessary rite of passage, for women, from childhood to adulthood. The road to Kongelai, West Pokot area.
Uncut. FGM in West Pokot area, Kenya
Kenya is one of the 27 African countries (among 29 in the world) in which FGM is still widespread: here, 27% of women are circumcised but in some regions the prevalence rises up to 70%. In West Pokot, most of the population belongs to the Pokot ethnic group: they have a patriarchal social system and FGM - though it’s illegal in Kenya since 2001 - is considered a necessary rite of passage, for women, from childhood to adulthood. Sharon, 16, is a guest of the Kongelai rescue centre. She escaped home to avoid FGM and the early marriage with a 60 years old man that the family had already arranged. After her escape, her mother committed suicide out of shame. Kongelai rescue centre. West Pokot, Kenya. 2015-10-02
Uncut. FGM in the Waredube community, Ethiopia
The Waredube community is a Muslim group living in the Oromyia region, in Ethiopia, 6 hours South of Addis Abeba. Here the prevalence of FGM is still around the 74% and practiced in the most severe form: infibulation. The community gathers to perform a traditional dance in the village. Oromyia region. Ethiopia. 2015-10-08
Uncut. FGM in the Waredube community, Ethiopia
Meseret Alemu, director of the Women and Children Affaire in Seru district. Meseret and her staff are mainly working on the problem of Harmful Traditional Practices in the district, including FGM and early marriages. Seru. Ethiopia 2015
Uncut. FGM in the Waredube community, Ethiopia
The Waredube community is a Muslim group living in the Oromyia region, in Ethiopia, 6 hours South of Addis Abeba. When the Ethiopian government claims it will soon eradicate female genital mutilations from the country (that now has a prevalence of 74% and counts a 23.8 million victims), surely it’s forgetting this isolated population who doesn’t even have electricity nor water. The Wabe river, land of the Waredube. The population subsists on this narrow fertile strip of land. Oromyia region. Ethiopia. 2015-10-06
After Dark / Gaza Strip
Two years after the Israeli operation “Cast Lead”, the Gaza Strip lives still in a limbo, worsened by the closure of the borders and the following severe economical crisis along with the complete isolation of the population. The ongoing condition of extreme instability is leading to an increase of psychological and physical affections. In this environment women and children are often paying the highest price: they cannot overcome the violence they experienced or saw in the war, perpetuated by the “low-intensity” conflict that still takes a heavy toll on Palestinians. Jamila (40) was injured by a small rocket that hit her legs. She's now disabled and in need for treatment. Beit Lahyia. Gaza Strip. 27-03-2011
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Girls playing in UNRWA school in Al-Maghazi camp. Middle area. Gaza Strip. 29-11-2010.
After Dark / Gaza Strip
Jamila Salman, 40. Jamila was injured during the war and she is still owadays facing the consequences of the shooting. Beit Lahyia. Gaza Strip. 27-03-2011
afterdark-Gaza housing crisis.
In an attempt to solve the increasing housing shortages in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Authority under Hamas has initiated several new building projects. Through its ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip, Israel still prohibits the import of building materials and equipment for the area’s private sector. The import of building materials is permitted only for a miniscule number of projects implemented by UN and international agencies. Building materials are still expensive for the majority of Gaza's residents, where almost 40% of the population lives under the poverty line according to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The lack of sufficient building materials has been a tremendous obstacle in Gaza's rehabilitation from Operation Cast Lead. Abandoned house in Rafah border. 31-03-2011.
Just To Let You Know That I'm Alive
Gajmoula Maoloud Abaaya in a family picture. In 1976 she was separated from her family during the war massive exodus of the Saharawi population who fled from the war with Morocco. She was left alone with her 15 days old daughter Fatimatou. Laayoune. Western Sahara. 2012.
Just to let you know that I'm alive
Young woman repeatedly arrested for being an activist for the Saharawi Human Rights. Layyoune. Western Sahara. 2012
Just To Let You Know That I'm Alive
Elghalia Djimi, victim of Forced Disappearance. She spent 3 years and 7 moths in a Moroccan secret prison, blindfolded the whole time. She is now a well-known activist for the Saharawi's human rights. Laayoune. Western Sahara. 2012.
Odd Days
Girls are taking a break between activities at Palazzo Francisci, a clinic for the long-term treatment of Eating Disorders in Todi (Italy).
Odd Days
Chiara takes a cigarette break after therapy at Palazzo Francisci, a clinic for the long-term treatment of Eating Disorders in Todi (Italy).
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Elena in her room at Palazzo Francisci, a clinic for the long-term treatment of Eating Disorders in Todi (Italy).
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Simona's arm with flowers. Simona suffers from a very sever form of anorexia nervosa and she's being treated at Palazzo Francisci, a clinic for the long-term treatment of Eating Disorders in Todi (Italy).
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