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THE JOHN FABER AWARD 2011
A victim of a mass rape campaign in the town of Fizi. Her identity has been concealed for security reasons and because rape carries strong social stigma. She was among nearly 50 women who were raped by Congolese soldiers on January 1, 2011.
Award Name:05 The John Faber Award
Award Recipient:Pete Muller
Award Recipient Affiliation:The Associated Press
Award Honored Work:Battling Impunity: The Fight Against Mass Rape in Eastern Congo
Muller took an original approach to documenting a sensitive and difficult story, rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Opening with anonymous but effective portraits of the victims, and then taking us through the makeshift trials that eventually led to convictions and justice for the victims, Muller illuminates a very dark side of human behavior. The glee and satisfaction reflected on the faces of the public after the verdicts were announced is a remarkable and positive ending to at least a part of an endemic abuse of women’s rights.
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