minova rape trials


May 7 2018

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Between February 12th and 19th, 2014, a temporary courtroom was set up in Minova, a market town that hugs the shore of lake Kivu in eastern Congo, in order to hear the testimonies of resident rape victims. The trials are normally held in Goma, but for the victims, such travel would have been prohibitively expensive. So, the court came to them.

Presented By: Photojournalist

Diana Alhindawi

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Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi uses photography to explore the human condition across various political and cultural contexts. She is based in Brooklyn, USA, but often works in areas experiencing social unrest or humanitarian emergencies. Her photography has been published and showcased by media outlets like the New York Times newspaper and MagazineThe Sunday Times Magazine, The Wall Street JournalAl Jazeera AmericaLe Monde, CNNNational Geographic Traveler, Vice Magazine, Geo Germany, Newsweek, Toronto Star and Paris Match, and international NGOs like Doctors without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières, Save the Children, Human Rights Watch and International Committee of the Red Cross. In 2014, she was named one of Lens Culture's Top 50 Emerging Talents for 2014. In 2015, she received the ICRC Humanitarian Visa d'Or Award for her coverage of the Minova Rape Trial, eastern Congo's most significant mass rape trial to date. In 2018, she was named one of PDN's 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch For

Diana's interests reflect her multicultural background and upbringing: born in rural Romania to a Romanian mother and Iraqi father, Diana witnessed her family experience political circumstances that landed them as refugees in the former Yugoslavia, after which they were resettled to Canada.  These early experiences led her to pursue careers in humanitarian aid and in human rights.  For several years, she has held management and research positions with organizations such as UN Development Programme, Save the Children and Oxfam, working on the ground in areas affected by conflict or natural disasters.  In mid-2013, she decided to also focus her professional efforts on photography.