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Merry Christmas Julie!

Dear Julie, I know that you can’t read this message, but I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I know that Santa Claus is not coming to visit you in your slum house and is not going to give you any present this time, as┬áhe didn’t give anything to you in past years. I know that if you had the opportunity to ask him for a gift, you would have asked that what happened to you could never have happened. Please be a strong girl and I promise that I will come to visit you soon!

Early in April 2012 6-year-old Julie was kidnapped and assaulted by four men in Nawae block, Lae, Papua New Guinea. The men raped the young girl for eight hours and then left her in the street. Julie spent more than three weeks in the hospital, and is now receiving psychological treatment. Because of the injuries inflicted on her, Julie can barely walk and can never have children. Her tormentors were arrested by the police and are awaiting trial in custody. Julie still lives with her parents in a dangerous settlement where she could be exposed to the violence again at any time.

Early in April 2012 6-year-old Julie was kidnapped and assaulted by four men in Nawae block, Lae, Papua New Guinea. The men raped the young girl for eight hours and then left her in the street. Julie spent more than three weeks in the hospital, and is now receiving psychological treatment. Because of the injuries inflicted on her, Julie can barely walk and can never have children. Her tormentors were arrested by the police and are awaiting trial in custody. Julie still lives with her parents in a dangerous settlement where she could be exposed to the violence again at any time.

‘Crying Meri’ exhibition in Port Moresby

Some photos from the opening of my solo-exhibition ‘Crying Meri’ in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. The exhibit was a part of the PNG Human Rights Film Festival 2012, organized by the United Nations, and was displayed in the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) on 14th-18th November 2012.

OHCHR/madNESS Photography

OHCHR/madNESS Photography

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