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  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225364.jpg
    A man of Turkish origin sells fruit and vegetables at the entrance to the buffer zone between Turkey and Greece. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 4, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225365.jpg
    A doctor shows the reporter a photo of a bullet removed from the leg of a refugee who was shot at by Greek police. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 4, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225366.jpg
    Zecham, a 20-year-old Afghan boy, is shot in the leg. he was shot at by Greek police while in the buffer zone between Turkey and Greece. 4 other people were injured and one person died from his injuries. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 4, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225367.jpg
    A Syrian family waits along the Evros river near Edirne station. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 4, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225368.jpg
    Souleiman, a Syrian refugee from Idleb, is heating up near a fire. Greek police broke his arm when he managed to rally Greece. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 4, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225369.jpg
    Refugees settle on the banks of the Evros river. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 4, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225370.jpg
    Refugees settle on the banks of the Evros river. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 4, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225363.jpg
    A family of Afghan refugees on the road to Pazarkule. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225357.jpg
    Entry of the buffer zone between Greece and Turkey. The area accessible to journalists for the first three days is now closed. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225358.jpg
    Entry of the buffer zone between Greece and Turkey. The area accessible to journalists for the first three days is now closed. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225359.jpg
    Entry of the buffer zone between Greece and Turkey. The area accessible to journalists for the first three days is now closed. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225360.jpg
    Entry of the buffer zone between Greece and Turkey. The area accessible to journalists for the first three days is now closed. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225361.jpg
    Entry of the buffer zone between Greece and Turkey. The area accessible to journalists for the first three days is now closed. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225362.jpg
    Refugees on the road to Pazarkule. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225352.jpg
    Distribution of food around the buffer zone between Turkey and Greece. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225353.jpg
    Refugees are transported on carts by gypsis. The main road leading to Pazarkule (buffer zone between Turkey and Greece) being watched by the police, several people offer their services (for a fee) to refugees to bring them closer to the border. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225354.jpg
    A family of refugees on the road to Pazarkule, a buffer zone between Turkey and Greece. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225355.jpg
    Refugees are transported on carts by gypsis. The main road leading to Pazarkule (buffer zone between Turkey and Greece) being watched by the police, several people offer their services (for a fee) to refugees to bring them closer to the border. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225356.jpg
    Refugees are transported on carts by gypsis. The main road leading to Pazarkule (buffer zone between Turkey and Greece) being watched by the police, several people offer their services (for a fee) to refugees to bring them closer to the border. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225345.jpg
    A man of Turkish origin sells blankets around the buffer zone. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees are gathering in the Edirne region in the hope of joining Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225347.jpg
    Refugees vie for cover provided during a distribution. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225348.jpg
    Distribution of pillows and duvets by Turkish civilians. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225349.jpg
    A child's doll lies in the area near the buffer zone between Greece and Turkey. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225350.jpg
    Refugees cross a river on foot. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225351.jpg
    A man of Turkish origin cuts plastic strips which he sells to refugees. 2 meters cost 100 Turkish pounds or nearly 30 euros. the plastic must be used to create shelters for fortunes. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225341.jpg
    a Moroccan refugee shows the hand injuries inflicted by the Greek soldiers. Several witnesses report that those who manage to cross the Greek side are beaten and their belongings are stolen by the military before sending them back to Turkey. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of joining Greece. March 3, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225342.jpg
    Refugees are trying to make a shelter to sleep sheltered from the wind. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225343.jpg
    Greek soldiers watch the Turkish coast where hundreds of refugees have gathered. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 3, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225344.jpg
    An inflatable boat on the Greek coast. After President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gather in the Edirne region in the hope of joining Greece. March 3, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225325.jpg
    A group of Moroccan and Algerian refugees are waiting near the Turkish-Greek border in the hope that it will open. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225326.jpg
    Pakistani refugees on the banks of the Evros river. At this point, it forms a natural barrier between Greece and Turkey. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225327.jpg
    A refugee washes her hands and face on the banks of the Evros river. At this point, it forms a natural barrier between Greece and Turkey. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225328.jpg
    Makeshift shelters in a forest bordering the Evros river which forms a natural barrier between Greece and Turkey. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225329.jpg
    Ibrahim, a young man of 20, from Guinea. He arrived near the border three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the border with Turkey. He says he never thought for a second that the Greeks would not open their borders. Like dozens of people met that day, he sold everything to come and is now without the money. impossible to move forward or backward. March 2, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225330.jpg
    A Syrian refugee with fortunate shoes, after having managed to cross the Evros river and joined Greece, he was arrested by the Greek police who stole his money, his passport, his phone and his shoes before returning it to the coast Turkish. Dozens of people testify to similar actions. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225331.jpg
    A woman distributes food to refugees. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees are gathering in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225332.jpg
    Refugees carry wood which they will use to heat themselves for the night. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225333.jpg
    A man from Syria shows the broken arm of his child. he was hit by a car. According to the parents, no hospital wants to take care of the child. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225334.jpg
    A Syrian child suffering from an eye problem receives physiological saline. According to the parents, no hospital wants to take care of the child. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225335.jpg
    Refugees rest near the border. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225336.jpg
    In front of the objectives of the journalists, police force undertake a distribution of food. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225337.jpg
    A man shows his family's Syrian passports. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225338.jpg
    Refugees on the way to the Pazarkule border post in Turkey. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Pazarkule, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225339.jpg
    Several hundred people settled on the banks of the Evros river. At this point, the river forms a natural border between Greece and Turkey. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • Migrants try to leave Turkey
    Turkey
    Michael Bunel
    LePictorium_0225340.jpg
    A family of Afghan refugees on the banks of the Evros river. At this point, the river forms a natural border between Greece and Turkey. Three days ago after President Erdogan's announcement to open the borders, thousands of refugees gathered in the Edirne region in the hope of rallying Greece. March 2, 2020. Doyran, Turkey.
  • The Purest Choice - Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt
    Egypt
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223625.jpg
    Irine and Moneka - El Bashra, Upper Egypt.
    Irine comes from a small Coptic village in Upper Egypt. She was circumcised one day after school, when she was 12 years old. She doesn’t have much memories of it, but says she’s still deeply traumatized by the violence of the event. She got married at a young age, and gave birth to six kids. Two of them died during the delivery. Consequences of FGM are indeed going way beyond psychological trauma, since obstetrical complications can occur to the victims, such as post-partum hemorrhage, need of episiotomy, tearing of the tissues or flesh, while the rate of death among new born babies is higher. After the birth of her first daughter, she had long discussions with her husband about FGM. «  He actually supported my choice, I think he understood it didn’t have anything to do with religion and could only arm Moneka. His family, however, didn’t accept our choice, and still pressure us today. »
  • The Purest Choice - Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt
    Egypt
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223626.jpg
    Umm Malek and Malek - Qalanfil, Delta of Egypt
    Umm Malek lives in a small muslim village in the Delta of Egypt. She got circumcised at 10 years old and remains profoundly scarred by the trauma of that day. «  You can easily forget what you’ve eaten on that day, or how the weather was. But you can’t forget the trauma, the pain… »
    Umm Malek is now fully conscient of the long term consequences of such practice on her mental health as well as in her married woman’s intimate life. «  What we tend to ignore is that many divorces happen because of that barbarian practice. Women and men become unsatisfied, it leads to a lot of frustration and anger. ». After giving birth to a daughter, she started attending awareness sessions lead by a local NGO in a nearby village. The consequences she was facing herself combined to these sessions convinced her for good that she couldn’t perpetrate that practice on her daughter. «  I simply couldn’t inflict such misery to my own daughter. I want her to be happily married. » At first, women of her village pressured her to circumcise Umm Malek, threatening that she would never get her daughter married if she didn’t. « But I took these women to the awareness sessions with me, and since then, five of them decided to not cut their daughters ! »
  • The Purest Choice - Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt
    Egypt
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223627.jpg
    Marsa and Barbara Anna -El Bashra, Upper Egypt
    Marsa also comes from a Coptic community, where circumcision is still widely spread. When she was inflicted with FGM at a young age, she suffered from severe bleeding, and had to remain in bed for more than a week. Complications such as infections, HIV or severe bleedings are common in such rurale areas where FGM is practiced with non sterilized razor blades or knives. Tales of women being told to sit in buckets of hot water to heal the wound is also regularly recalled, attesting of the absolute lack of medical attention these young girls receive.
    While growing up, Marsa couldn’t get rid of the trauma and the fear of that event. Thankfully, women in her village were slowly giving up on that tradition following the public discourses of the local priest taking position against that practice.
  • The Purest Choice - Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt
    Egypt
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223628.jpg
    Do’a and Baheda - Sandibis, Delta of Egypt
    Do’a comes from a particularly traditional muslim family and was also circumcised at a young age. «  Shortly after the birth of Baheda, I started attending awareness sessions in my village where we’d talk about reproductive health, women’s rights.. Some sessions also tackled the topic of circumcision, and some sheikhs attended it ! When they explained to us that it is absolutely not mentioned by the Quran, it was a revelation for us. Religion was our parents’ main argument for doing it! »
    In Egypt, where religion is particularly anchored in the social fabric of the country, religious leaders are an essential asset in the fight against the practice as they can counter the religious argument that is the most commonly used to perpetrate the practice.
  • The Purest Choice - Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt
    Egypt
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223629.jpg
    Do’a and Baheda - Sandibis, Delta of Egypt
    Do’a comes from a particularly traditional muslim family and was also circumcised at a young age. «  Shortly after the birth of Baheda, I started attending awareness sessions in my village where we’d talk about reproductive health, women’s rights.. Some sessions also tackled the topic of circumcision, and some sheikhs attended it ! When they explained to us that it is absolutely not mentioned by the Quran, it was a revelation for us. Religion was our parents’ main argument for doing it! »
    In Egypt, where religion is particularly anchored in the social fabric of the country, religious leaders are an essential asset in the fight against the practice as they can counter the religious argument that is the most commonly used to perpetrate the practice.
  • The Purest Choice - Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt
    Egypt
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223630.jpg
    Maria and Anna - El Bersha, Upper Egypt.
    Maria got circumcised at 12 years old at the same time of her younger sister.
    "We never talked about it after that. We felt as if it was something slightly shameful but somehow normal. We thought we weren't allowed to cry about it, or express any pain."
    Just as many women of her village, maria got convinced by the local priest that the practice was abnormal. "As for our husbands, they were easily convinced as well. They quickly saw that all the women were abandoning the practice and they understood that it ha nothing to do with religion in any case. "
  • The Purest Choice - Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt
    Egypt
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223631.jpg
    Doaa and Shahid - Islamilia, northern Egypt
    « I was ten years old and my parents told me that a big party was organized for me at my grandmother’s house. I had no idea what was going on. » When arriving there, dozens of relatives were gathered, but her questions to her mother about the reason of that event were left unanswered. «  I remember that a friend of my parents came discreetly to me looking upset. He told me to run away while I could, that I should escape. I should have listened to him.. » Doaa remember very well the exact moment she got circumcised. The biggest pain remains seeing her mother ignoring her cries for help when a local barber took her clothes off and held a razor blade between her legs.
    It was only at university that she started exchanging about that practice for the first time with other women. And when she got married to a Palestinian man, she suddenly understood the abnormality of FGM. « I realized that Egypt was one of the only countries of the Middle-East to perpetrate such practice. My husband made me realize that most of the countries, including some countries following the Sharia, weren’t cutting their women. It was therefore naturally that we chose to protect Shahid from it. My family is still furious about it, but at least I have my family in law’s support. » Doaa is now a Humans Rights and Women’s Rights lawyer. Due to the severe breakdown on activists in Egypt, she can’t live with her daughter anymore for her protection.
  • The Purest Choice - Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt
    Egypt
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223632.jpg
    Doaa and Shahid - Islamilia, northern Egypt
    « I was ten years old and my parents told me that a big party was organized for me at my grandmother’s house. I had no idea what was going on. » When arriving there, dozens of relatives were gathered, but her questions to her mother about the reason of that event were left unanswered. «  I remember that a friend of my parents came discreetly to me looking upset. He told me to run away while I could, that I should escape. I should have listened to him.. » Doaa remember very well the exact moment she got circumcised. The biggest pain remains seeing her mother ignoring her cries for help when a local barber took her clothes off and held a razor blade between her legs.
    It was only at university that she started exchanging about that practice for the first time with other women. And when she got married to a Palestinian man, she suddenly understood the abnormality of FGM. « I realized that Egypt was one of the only countries of the Middle-East to perpetrate such practice. My husband made me realize that most of the countries, including some countries following the Sharia, weren’t cutting their women. It was therefore naturally that we chose to protect Shahid from it. My family is still furious about it, but at least I have my family in law’s support. » Doaa is now a Humans Rights and Women’s Rights lawyer. Due to the severe breakdown on activists in Egypt, she can’t live with her daughter anymore for her protection.
  • The Purest Choice - Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt
    Egypt
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223633.jpg
    Fayza and Maha - Alexandria, Northern Egypt
    Fayza was married to a 45 years old man when she was barely 14 years old. She had been circumcised a few years before, without any explanations. Fayza being from an older generation, circumcision was seen as a normal practice, that couldn’t be objected.
    « The first time I ever heard about FGM was on the night of my wedding when undressing for my husband. I was discovering sexuality through the prism of my mutilation. » Only then did she realize that this practice was barbarian, and could have life-long consequences on her - and her couple.
    None of her daughters are therefore circumcised, despite the very strong social pressure that weighted on her, especially 30 years ago.
    When her daughter Maha gave birth to a young girl, she decided to follow her mother’s steps and refused to circumcise her baby girl. However, after a complicated divorce, her baby girl got taken away from her by her husband.
    She discovered years after, when she finally won her custody back, that he circumcised her against her will, when she was 13 years old.
    Fayza remains however hopeful «  Traditions are strong. Pressure is strong. But the new generation has enough cards in their hands to change things. They are the first ones to talk openly about it, and they have the capacity to generate change thanks to that. »
  • The Purest Choice - Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt
    Egypt
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223634.jpg
    Mariana, Yoanna and Febroina - Mallawi, Upper Egypt
    Mariana was circumcised on the same day as her sister and a dozen of young girls taken to the same house, one day after school. There, they were circumcised one after the other by a local da’ya (a village midwife). «  Everybody was screaming, some girls tried running away… It was absolutely awful, and we weren’t even told what was happening except that it was for our own good ! »
    But a decade ago, Father Aghethaton, the coptic priest of the village, started militating against that practice. Through preaches at the church, awareness sessions and discussions with the mothers of the village, he slowly started eradicating that practice. His successor is now following his path, while almost half of the women of that community has supposedly abandoned the practice. Social pressure and religious arguments are often the two main barriers to the eradication of FGM.
  • The Purest Choice - Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt
    Egypt
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223635.jpg
    Maha and Maryam - Cairo
    For Maha, her circumcision was felt as a rape and leaded to a complex relationship with her own body. «  All my young life, I was told to never uncover in front of man, to remain modest. But on that day, a man forcedly took off my clothes, and touched me, mutilated me, on the most intimate part of my body, and my parents consented to it. »
    After that event, Maha couldn’t stand her body. She could barely undress in front of her own husband, and hated physical contact. It’s only around her thirties that she started hearing about the toxic consequences that FGM can have. She started to attend some reunions and storytelling sessions with women that went through FGM as well, and slowly started to accept her body again. « It has always been a struggle with my husband. I was frigid. And when I had to give birth, I couldn’t bare the idea of undressing or being touched by doctors. I therefore had to undergo an emergency C-section, and I almost lost my child on that day. My two deliveries went exactly the same way… »
    Maha has now started a program of awareness sessions about FGM for Syrian refugees in Egypt. « These women don’t know anything about that practice, since it’s not common at all in Syria. When they arrive here, they marry with Egyptians that suddenly tell them that it’s what the Quran dictates. But we need to prevent that practice from spreading in other communities. »
  • India, the harvest of the uterus
    India
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223243.jpg
    A sugarcane bundle
  • India, the harvest of the uterus
    India
    Chloe Sharrock
    LePictorium_0223244.jpg
    A couple of sugarcane plantation owners in Beed District, Maharashtra.
  • India, the harvest of the uterus
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    A sugarcane plantation damaged by the heavy monsoon in Beed District, Maharashtra.
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    A Hindu celebration is organised by sugarcane cutters in order to bring a good harvest season and a good health. Beed District, Maharashtra.
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