“Girls with no Name”. The Book.
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Working with an outdoor photostudio in slum's heart.
--If you want, we won’t show your real names or photos -- No, we want to appear. We want the world to see us.
• WHAT IS ALL THIS ABOUT?
In Mabella, a crowded slum of Sierra Leone, we are talking to a group of 7 girls for a documentary. All of them are minors and already engaged in prostitution. We suggest to them that neither their real names nor their photos will be published. "No, we want to appear. We want the world to see us," they reply.
Sierra Leone is a country that has suffered a great deal: a callous civil war that finished 15 years ago alerted the world about the situation of child soldiers and left over 7,000 displaced children. In 2014 Ebola took the lives of 4,000 people. The country has also been hit by natural disasters that caused severe damage and many victims. All of the above has left more than 300,000 orphans, 4.7% of the total population. This is why we went there, in order to talk to homeless children, to tell their lives, their dreams, and to write about people who help them.
It is easy to find boys in the streets. They head for the cities’ dumps in search of some valuable material they can trade with. They sell water bags to drivers-by or transport fish in the docks. But in our first week in Sierra Leone we did not see a single girl, not even at the NGOs' street aid programs. We asked why. And they told us: girls are thrown out of the landfills. Prostitution is almost the only way out for them when, orphaned, no family member can take care of them.
So we decided to report only about the girls. Eventually we met and talked with some of them, listened to their stories, their fears and their main problem: social invisibility. It was not difficult. Thanks to Don Bosco Fambul, an NGO that works to get girls out of the street, we had the opportunity to spend a couple of days with some girls, who stared at our cameras with naturalness and curiosity at the same time. With a Digital Medium format, we decided to launch this project, which responds to their desire. "We want the world to see us”.
• OUR PROJECT
Now we want to put on paper the pictures and testimonies of about thirty of these girls. This is why we need to return to Sierra Leone, and why we need your support.
With your donation we can afford the trip to Sierra Leone, stay there for two weeks and complete the project with more conversations, more afternoons and more pictures. We need to buy photographic material to improve the quality of the final product and also to give to all the girls their pictures with a good quality. And we will commission the first edition of the book, between 300 and 500 copies, (30 x 30, hardcover and a very high quality type of paper).
The book will be published in English, but it will also includes a Spanish translation and, if enough people order it, we could order a French translation as well.
This project, moreover, is not free of risks. We will need to work in Sierra Leone for about two weeks, maybe more, in a strange environment, with a logistics that includes from social workers to a security cast.
The project intends to be a tool against social invisibility and the sexism that underlies the Sierra Leonean society, against forced isolation and defenselessness. This is a book that aims to be a tool, their tool, to shout loud and show their stories to the whole world.
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Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge two months ago was to take this project forward. But now we see it closer and we will work to have it for April 4th, World Day Against Underage Prostitution.
Working in Sierra Leone for another two weeks is, in turn, another great challenge for us. Now we want to focus our work on portraying the reality of these girls. We can do it, and we will do it to fulfill their wish: "We want people to see it".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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