Video: Genocide Mothers, Children of Rape
"This isn't a story about the dead. Or about the world's politicians who stood by and did nothing. This is the story of the most vulnerable of the genocide. Women who were the victims of the most brutal acts of a dark war."
These words, over an image of shelves of skulls, introduce a new MediaStorm multimedia piece on women sexually violated by Hutu militias during the Rwandan genocide. More than 30 women shared their stories and images with photographer and interviewer Jonathan Torgovnik. They speak of not just the brutal violence itself, but also the aftermath—of raising children born from rape, while being rejected by their families.
As powerful as the main feature are the short, individual interviews in the sidebar and the epilogue from the photographer, touching on why they participated in this project.