By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Save the Children said it compiled documents and experiences of women and young girls in conflict zones.
The organization in a statement issued yesterday said award-winning photographers, Lynsey Addario, Alessandra Sanguinetti and Esther Mbabazi have travelled through some of the world’s toughest conflict zones with Save the Children this year to document the inspiring stories of young women and girls living through war and the challenges they face.
“To mark International Women’s Day, the organisation is releasing this powerful series of photographs entitled “The Female Experience of War” to highlight the unique experiences of girls growing up in conflict.”
The statement said war photographer Lynsey Addario returned to Afghanistan 20 years after she first reported on women living under the Taliban, meeting girls who have had to flee armed militants, lost loved ones and seen their schools attacked.
“Magnum photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti travelled to Gaza, home to more than one million children living under virtual siege, many of whom have seen friends and relatives killed during airstrikes.
“Documentary photographer Esther Mbabazi visited refugee settlements in Uganda to meet girls fleeing the war-torn east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the most dangerous countries to be a girl with some of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world
More than 200 million girls live in conflict zones across the world and are disproportionately affected by the horrors of war. Inequalities with boys are magnified during conflict, making them more vulnerable to sexual violence, being forced into early marriage or the denial of basic rights including access to healthcare and education.
“Girls are more than twice as likely as boys to be out of school if they live in conflict areas, one in five female refugees have experienced sexual violence and nine out of ten countries with the highest rates of child marriage are conflict affected states.”