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© Newsha Tavakolian / Magnum Photos

With Médecins Sans Frontières, Newsha Tavakolian went to Ituri, the northeastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to document the lives of displaced women and the routine violence they face. “Under the mosquito nets, small children wail and cry. I meet a little girl who doesn’t smile and – with help from one of the doctors – I ask her to become my assistant,” she writes:

Since 2017, looting, fires and abuse have plagued the region and forced more than one million people to leave their homes to seek refuge in camps that don’t provide much more security. Displaced people also face the threat of epidemics, various infections due to lack of hygiene services and sexual violence. They depend on humanitarian assistance to survive, but there are very few organization on site to help.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Médecins Sans Frontières, Magnum collaborated with the organization to create ‘Witnesses – 50 Years of Humanity'. The project bears witness to the difficult mission of providing assistance by looking back over five decades of crises.

© Newsha Tavakolian / Magnum Photos


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