Patricia Esteve

Photographer
ALIMATOU
Location: dakar, senegal
Nationality: spanish
Biography: I am a passionate about photography and its strength to communicate beyond borders. Since 2000  I’ve worked in Europe, Asia and Africa in  a variety of contexts as a photographer for news media, institutions, NGOs and United... MORE
Public Story
ALIMATOU
Copyright Patricia Esteve 2022
Updated Jan 2022
Topics Abuse, Africa, Black and White, Disability, Documentary, Health/Healing, Hope, Personal growth, Photography, Photojournalism, Spotlight
At the age of 14 years old Alimatou was forced to marry a 72 years old man, who was the marabout of a small dwelling in the interior or the Ivory Coast. As a matter of fact he was looking for a young girl to sacrifice in exchange of an amount of money to grant one of his customer´s wishes for wealth. One night, with the help of a machete and the silence of the whole community, he cut her hands and injured her so badly that he thought she was dead, and abandoned her body. However she survived despite her amputation and serious injuries. Thanks to humanitarian cooperation she managed to recover physically and psychologically, and to start a new life in the capital city. Her dream is to lead a normal life and work as a secretary.
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