Rena Effendi

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Courage in the Congo
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality: Azerbaijan
Biography: Rena Effendi’s early work focused on oil industry’s effects on people’s lives.  As a result, she followed a 1,700 km oil pipeline through Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey, collecting stories along the way. This work was published in 2009... MORE
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Courage in the Congo
Copyright Rena Effendi 2022
Date of Work Jul 2013 - Jul 2013
Updated Apr 2018
Topics Abuse, Documentary, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Rape, War, Womens Rights
Ravaged by a never-ending war between various militias, rebels groups, and criminal combatants, the Democratic Republic of Congo, where rape and abduction have been used as weapons of war, is one of the most dangerous places for women and children in the world. The Lord's Resistance Army, a militant movement formed in 1987 (and dubbed as "rebels without a cause") was infamous for its viciousness, but now three decades into its existence, the LRA's numbers have dwindled. And although the movement responsible for displacing 2.5 million people in the DRC is currently in survival mode, it's history of brutal killings and mutilation, raping of women and abduction of children has terrorized local communities, haunting them to this day. Many still remain in the grips of their trauma and are too terrified to go back to their homes.
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