Paolo Patruno

Photographer/Filmmaker
  
Separated At Birth (Cameroon)
Location: Bologna
Nationality: Italian
Biography: I am a freelance documentary photographer and filmmaker. I traveled throughout Africa over the past ten years, documenting global topics, including health care, education, human rights, gender issues, sustainable development. Since 2011 I’m... MORE
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Separated At Birth (Cameroon)
Copyright Paolo Patruno 2023
Updated Sep 2016
Location Cameroon, Africa
Topics Birth, Documentary, Photography
SEPARATED at BIRTH - Cameroon. 2014

"I can't really forget that day, a lady from the social service came in and said firmly "Madame today we have come to take the baby".  

It was the most difficult. Even more difficult than entering prison being pregnant. To be separated from your child when you are still alive.

It was as if I was dead and the baby had no mother."

Cecile, 37, does not believe she should have given birth in prison. But delivering her daughter in a jail cell in unsanitary conditions with no supplies or medical care is precisely what she did inside a prison in western Cameroon.


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With the support of Human Is Right.

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