2008 Photo Contest, People in the News, 2nd prize

Francesco Zizola

Noor for Internazionale

26 July, 2007

Ana, a 13-year-old girl, raped by a neighbor, waits in the San Francesco hospital in Quibdo, Colombia, for an appointment before having an abortion. The following Monday, she had an abortion with the aid of a team of Médécins sans Frontières. Violence has become endemic in Colombia, a country long ravaged by conflict between national security forces, outlawed armed groups and drug cartels. Women are particularly affected as victims of sexual assault. Marginal groups and aid workers suspected of helping guerillas have also been targeted.

About the photographer

Francesco Zizola

Born in 1962, since 1980's he has documented the world's major conflicts and their hidden crisis, focusing on the social and humanitarian issues that define life in the developin...

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