For the past three years I have been working on a personal project Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape, collecting testimonies and photographing women that were brutally raped during the Rwandan Genocide and had a child as a result of those brutal encounters. I have photographed and interviewed forty families throughout Rwanda, learning first hand about the multiple levels of trauma these mothers are dealing with on a daily basis.
After my second trip to Rwanda, I knew that this would be a project I wanted to continue and would need substantial support in order to do so. After applying to the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography (for the second time) I was thrilled to learn I was awarded the $20,000 grant. It was instrumental in helping me to complete this undertaking and making sure I could work on the project with the freedom, depth and time necessary to do it the right way. I’m really grateful to Getty Images for creating this grant which enables documentary photographers to complete projects that often are hard to finance from mainstream media.
On March 5, 2009, the Intended Consequences exhibition launched at Aperture Gallery in New York , coinciding with the 15th year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Intended Consequences will be in NY until May 5 and on April 29 a panel discussion will be held regarding my project at 6:30 PM. I hope this exhibition will bring awareness to the forgotten consequences of sexual violence and genocide.
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I have also co-founded Foundation Rwanda which supports secondary school education of children born of rapes committed during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
To see more of my imagery from my Sept 2007 grant project, please click here.