ZIYAH GAFIĆ, PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Children of Hate

  • RWANDA
    Rape was one of the most brutal weapons used in Rwandan genocide, a whole generation of children was born from hate

    Client: Cordaid, The Netherlands, 2004.

  • CYANGUGU, RWANDA, BORDER WITH DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - MAY 2004: Patricia was 32 years old when Interhamwe stormed her house. Her husband and small child were executed. After she witnessed that she was gang raped by seven killers. Later she was diagnosed with HIV+. Ten Years after the last genocide in Rwanda the younger generations are directly affected and destroyed by the genocide. The most vulnerable part of Rwandaise society are children that are born as a result of systematic rape that took place in 1994. Estimated 50 000 women have been systematically raped and infected with HIV. Most of them have died without proper medical treatment in the course of ten years. Some of them were left pregnant and gave birth to the small generations of children that don?t know their father and mother has died. The whole generation born from hate instead of love. Today they?re about 9 years old and surviving members of family that are taking care of them are hiding the ugly truth from them, rape is a taboo and so is AIDS. Although unofficially 40% of population is HIV+ no one dies of AIDS (officially). Today geometric expansion of HIV is thanks to the genocide.
  • CYANGUGU, RWANDA, BORDER WITH DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - MAY 2004: Anthere is three months old. Her mother left her in the forest when she was two months old. She was found and rescued by people who run an orphanage near Cyangugu. Apparently her mother is traumatized by war and mentally challenged. She was adopted by the nuns in their orphanage.Ten Years after the last genocide in Rwanda the younger generations are directly affected and destroyed by the genocide. The most vulnerable part of Rwandaise society are children that are born as a result of systematic rape that took place in 1994. Estimated 50 000 women have been systematically raped and infected with HIV. Most of them have died without proper medical treatment in the course of ten years. Some of them were left pregnant and gave birth to the small generations of children that don?t know their father and mother has died. The whole generation born from hate instead of love. Today they?re about 9 years old and surviving members of family that are taking care of them are hiding the ugly truth from them, rape is a taboo and so is AIDS. Although unofficially 40% of population is HIV+ no one dies of AIDS (officially). Today geometric expansion of HIV is thanks to the genocide.
  • CYANGUGU, RWANDA, BORDER WITH DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - MAY 2004: Claudette is 9 years old. Her mother was raped during the Genocide and last year died of AIDS. She lives with her grandmother in the house made of mud. Although Rwandan families usually accept the orphans the rape and sexual violence is a strict taboo. Ten Years after the last genocide in Rwanda the younger generations are directly affected and destroyed by the genocide. The most vulnerable part of Rwandaise society are children that are born as a result of systematic rape that took place in 1994. Estimated 50 000 women have been systematically raped and infected with HIV. Most of them have died without proper medical treatment in the course of ten years. Some of them were left pregnant and gave birth to the small generations of children that don?t know their father and mother has died. The whole generation born from hate instead of love. Today they?re about 9 years old and surviving members of family that are taking care of them are hiding the ugly truth from them, rape is a taboo and so is AIDS. Although unofficially 40% of population is HIV+ no one dies of AIDS (officially). Today geometric expansion of HIV is thanks to the genocide.
  • CYANGUGU, RWANDA, BORDER WITH DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - MAY 2004: Claudette is 9 years old. Her mother was raped during the Genocide and last year died of AIDS. She lives with her grandmother in the house made of mud. Although Rwandan families usually accept the orphans the rape and sexual violence is a strict taboo. Ten Years after the last genocide in Rwanda the younger generations are directly affected and destroyed by the genocide. The most vulnerable part of Rwandaise society are children that are born as a result of systematic rape that took place in 1994. Estimated 50 000 women have been systematically raped and infected with HIV. Most of them have died without proper medical treatment in the course of ten years. Some of them were left pregnant and gave birth to the small generations of children that don?t know their father and mother has died. The whole generation born from hate instead of love. Today they?re about 9 years old and surviving members of family that are taking care of them are hiding the ugly truth from them, rape is a taboo and so is AIDS. Although unofficially 40% of population is HIV+ no one dies of AIDS (officially). Today geometric expansion of HIV is thanks to the genocide.
  • CYANGUGU, RWANDA, BORDER WITH DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - MAY 2004: Mary (17yrs) started to work as a prostitute last year. She has a small child. They both live in a tiny mud hut where Mary also receives her clients. Ten Years after the last genocide in Rwanda the younger generations are directly affected and destroyed by the genocide. The most vulnerable part of Rwandaise society are children that are born as a result of systematic rape that took place in 1994. Estimated 50 000 women have been systematically raped and infected with HIV. Most of them have died without proper medical treatment in the course of ten years. Some of them were left pregnant and gave birth to the small generations of children that don?t know their father and mother has died. The whole generation born from hate instead of love. Today they?re about 9 years old and surviving members of family that are taking care of them are hiding the ugly truth from them, rape is a taboo and so is AIDS. Although unofficially 40% of population is HIV+ no one dies of AIDS (officially). Today geometric expansion of HIV is thanks to the genocide.
  • CYANGUGU, RWANDA, BORDER WITH DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - MAY 2004: Honoraire was born in 1995 after her mother Eugenie was raped by Interhamwe. Her mother was later diagnosed with HIV+ and died of AIDS in 2000. Honoraire lives with her mother?s sister and was also diagnosed with HIV+. Ten Years after the last genocide in Rwanda the younger generations are directly affected and destroyed by the genocide. The most vulnerable part of Rwandaise society are children that are born as a result of systematic rape that took place in 1994. Estimated 50 000 women have been systematically raped and infected with HIV. Most of them have died without proper medical treatment in the course of ten years. Some of them were left pregnant and gave birth to the small generations of children that don?t know their father and mother has died. The whole generation born from hate instead of love. Today they?re about 9 years old and surviving members of family that are taking care of them are hiding the ugly truth from them, rape is a taboo and so is AIDS. Although unofficially 40% of population is HIV+ no one dies of AIDS (officially). Today geometric expansion of HIV is thanks to the genocide.
  • CYANGUGU, RWANDA, BORDER WITH DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - MAY 2004: Asja (16yrs). Her father was killed during the genocide. She followed the path into prostitution when she was 12 after her mother died, she become pregnant. She still works while her baby sleeps in the bed next to her working place. Ten Years after the last genocide in Rwanda the younger generations are directly affected and destroyed by the genocide. The most vulnerable part of Rwandaise society are children that are born as a result of systematic rape that took place in 1994. Estimated 50 000 women have been systematically raped and infected with HIV. Most of them have died without proper medical treatment in the course of ten years. Some of them were left pregnant and gave birth to the small generations of children that don?t know their father and mother has died. The whole generation born from hate instead of love. Today they?re about 9 years old and surviving members of family that are taking care of them are hiding the ugly truth from them, rape is a taboo and so is AIDS. Although unofficially 40% of population is HIV+ no one dies of AIDS (officially). Today geometric expansion of HIV is thanks to the genocide.
  • CYANGUGU, RWANDA, BORDER WITH DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - MAY 2004: Mahoro (17yrs) started with prostitution when she was 13 years old. Her parents were killed during the genocide and she had no place to live. She lived with prostitutes and started doing it herself to earn some money. She was raped when she was 15 years old. Ten Years after the last genocide in Rwanda the younger generations are directly affected and destroyed by the genocide. The most vulnerable part of Rwandaise society are children that are born as a result of systematic rape that took place in 1994. Estimated 50 000 women have been systematically raped and infected with HIV. Most of them have died without proper medical treatment in the course of ten years. Some of them were left pregnant and gave birth to the small generations of children that don?t know their father and mother has died. The whole generation born from hate instead of love. Today they?re about 9 years old and surviving members of family that are taking care of them are hiding the ugly truth from them, rape is a taboo and so is AIDS. Although unofficially 40% of population is HIV+ no one dies of AIDS (officially). Today geometric expansion of HIV is thanks to the genocide.
  • CYANGUGU, RWANDA, BORDER WITH DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - MAY 2004: Mary (17yrs) started to work as a prostitute last year. She has a small child. They both live in a tiny mud hut where Mary also receives her clients. Mary's preparing to go out to seek clients. In the foreground is her baby. Ten Years after the last genocide in Rwanda the younger generations are directly affected and destroyed by the genocide. The most vulnerable part of Rwandaise society are children that are born as a result of systematic rape that took place in 1994. Estimated 50 000 women have been systematically raped and infected with HIV. Most of them have died without proper medical treatment in the course of ten years. Some of them were left pregnant and gave birth to the small generations of children that don?t know their father and mother has died. The whole generation born from hate instead of love. Today they?re about 9 years old and surviving members of family that are taking care of them are hiding the ugly truth from them, rape is a taboo and so is AIDS. Although unofficially 40% of population is HIV+ no one dies of AIDS (officially). Today geometric expansion of HIV is thanks to the genocide.
  • CYANGUGU, RWANDA, BORDER WITH DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - MAY 2004: Beatrice (18) from Cyangugu was 8 when genocide started. She married when 15. Her husband abused her so she left him; she had no means to live so she turned to prostitution at age of 16. She charges 5USD for sex with condom and 10USD without it. Obviously she makes much more money when having unprotected sex and simply can?t afford to think about risks. Ten Years after the last genocide in Rwanda the younger generations are directly affected and destroyed by the genocide. The most vulnerable part of Rwandaise society are children that are born as a result of systematic rape that took place in 1994. Estimated 50 000 women have been systematically raped and infected with HIV. Most of them have died without proper medical treatment in the course of ten years. Some of them were left pregnant and gave birth to the small generations of children that don't know their father and mother has died. The whole generation born from hate instead of love. Today they're about 9 years old and surviving members of family that are taking care of them are hiding the ugly truth from them, rape is a taboo and so is AIDS. Although unofficially 40% of population is HIV+ no one dies of AIDS (officially).

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