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American Photojournalist Documents Rape Victim Shelteronline video

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Mimi Chakarova, an American photojournalist, spent the night at a women’s shelter for rape victims in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2009.
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It was very important for me not to photograph them with headscarves: to actually photograph them in an interior space and to show them as any other woman on this planet.It’s just a very joyful moment before dinner, you know, just celebrating and being free and expressing yourself, and there’s absolutely no shame, no fear.Women don’t have much to do except cook, watch television, smoke and talk to one another, you know, paint their nails. And I just thought it was really interesting how this little girl – she’s not painting her nails because she’s going out or ...

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