The mass rape of hundreds of thousands of women and girls from Bosnia to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo has reinforced the conventional wisdom that rape and sexual violence are an inevitable feature of war.
The Human Impact
One Hutu killer describes feeling “like two different people” as he took part in the genocide: a man who obediently slaughtered his Tutsi neighbours because the mayor told him to, yet who hid one of their daughters in a grain basket to save her from the machetes.
Copyright and all photographs taken by Francesca Tosarelli.
Brutalised. Repeatedly raped. The first to gather the children and flee attack. Weak, poor and uneducated.
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