Silver / 2016 / Press / Feature Story

Children having Children

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/Feature Story
  • Photographer
    Linda Forsell, Kontinent

Last year I was told the story of a man who sexually abused five generations of women in his family and procured babies as a result of the abuse. The youngest was three years old when he died. He was an extremity, but the violence that the women suffered is not.5 100 girls between the ages 10 to 14 gave birth in Guatemala in 2014. All as a result of rape. This makes for one of the highest rates in Latin America. In 89 percent of the cases the perpetrator was from within the girls family. Impunity is almost complete.The issue of pregnant young girls describes a wide fundamental problem that touches the root of gender based violence and inequality in the world; that women and especially girls are prescribed a lower value than men, by men and by themselves. I have documented Guatemalas young mothers.