On a recent assignment for The Sunday Times Magazine, Nichole Sobecki photographed Rwanda’s lost generation, children whose Tutsi mothers were raped by Hutu militia.
In those bloody 100 days between April and July 1994, ten percent of Rwanda’s population was killed and at least 250,000 women were raped. Of those who became pregnant, many aborted their babies or even killed them at birth, but the Survivors Fund — a British charity working in Rwanda — believes there are about 20,000 children of rape alive today. In Rwanda they are known as ‘les enfants mauvais souvenirs’, the children of bad memories. People blame them when the rains don’t come or when rivers flood, and they have grown up knowing that, for their mothers, they are reminders of the worst day in their lives. Now in their early 20s, this group of young adults are trying to find their way in the world, but it is not easy.
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Mother Jones recently published a piece with text by Julie Winokur and photos by Ed Kashi about immigrant detention in the United States.
Julie writes, “When asylum seekers arrive in the United States they face a harsh reality. The ones who aren’t illegally turned away at the border are often sequestered, shackled, and transported to a detention facility that resembles prison.”
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Out today in Bloomberg Businessweek is Nichole Sobecki’s cover story “Made in Ethiopia, by China.”
Fast fashion finds a new home in the Horn of Africa, where tax incentives, promises of infrastructure development, and ultra-cheap labor are drawing in companies producing for Guess, Levi’s, H&M and other labels. The Hawassa Industrial Park is only the most recent part of a vast centralized scheme: since 2014, Ethiopia has opened four giant, publicly owned industrial parks; it plans eight more by 2020.
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Featured today on The New Yorker is a story that Zackary Canepari photographed while embedded with the police in Flint, Michigan.
“The photographer Zackary Canepari is among the few outsiders with sustained interest in the internal rot of this American city. A native of Boston who now lives between New York and the Bay Area, he has been documenting life in Flint since 2012, including the water crisis that poisoned the city’s residents; an eight-part documentary series called “Flint Town,” which Canepari made with Jessica Dimmock and Drea Cooper, premières on March 2nd, on Netflix. For his most recent series of images, he examined the Flint Police Department. How does law enforcement work in a place in constant crisis?”
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In Ed Kashi’s photo from August 2017, Laurel Cline visits her mother Lenora in a nursing home in Los Angeles, California. This morning, AP announced a new report detailing misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes. Analyzing the latest government data, Human Rights Watch estimates that there are currently about 179,000 people in nursing homes who get antipsychotics every week without having a diagnosis for which the drugs are approved.
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Stefano De Luigi will be taking over Open Society Foundations’ Instagram with his project “Bushmeat, a Silent Ecological Disaster.”
The project is about how the illegal trade of protected fauna, ivory, and bushmeat contribute to extinction, environmental destruction, and fund terrorist groups in Cameroon and Chad.
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