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Reference : V-P-PE-E-01032
Date : 22/06/2017
Country/Region : PERU
Caption : Ayacucho, Morochucos. This 54-year-old woman sells fruits and potatoes in her home village. She faced multiple losses during the internal conflict that brought violence and suffering to the region.
Photographer : HAMMOND, Robin
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : reserved users only
Copyright : Noor for the ICRC
Description : Her first husband vanished without a trace. Her second husband was also taken and tortured severely. He later died from the resulting injuries. Refusing to silently live with the injustices inflicted upon her and her family, she became a representative of women who faced sexual abuse during the conflict. "I used to say to myself: "Why was I born a woman? Why wasn't I born a man?" We women have been through so much, with the soldiers and Shining Path. It was difficult. It was difficult to bear all that violence. We were all marginalized, criticized for what we had been through. I felt awful. I owe my life to those women who said to me, "You're not what you think you are. You're not what people say you are, because those people don't know. You're a woman and a fighter. You need to keep fighting. You need to face these things." I was a victim of the internal armed conflict and then I became a woman who fights for justice and truth", she says.
Resolution : 7327x4890
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour