With photographs and interviews by Jonathan Torgovnik, the book and exhibition "Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape" is a collection of personal accounts of thirty female survivors of the Rwandan genocide that took place 15 years ago.
Subjected to sexual violence by members of the Hutu militia groups, these women all bore children as a result, and many were exposed to HIV and are now shunned by their communities. A constant reminder of horrors they endured, the interviews allow the women to tell their story&mdashmany never shared until now—of the troubles they face raising "a child of the militia."
Not only is it a chance for the women to finally speak out, but the topic is unfortunately relevant once again due to the recent use of rape as a weapon in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape
20 Februaryâ7 May 2009
Opening reception - Thursday, 5 March 6-8pm
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
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