work by Mikey Walsh where he documents harrowing childhood experiences.
Romany gypsy, he describes the sexual abuse he suffered at six years old when
he was repeatedly raped by his own uncle.
in Africa, in particular my country Nigeria.
However, in Africa, the perpetrators are rarely brought to justice.
from shame, leaving the victims to deal with the trauma or, worse, blaming them
for their misfortune.
photographs, every interview carries the risk of exposing him to members of his
former community. For any society, there are valuable lessons to be learnt from
suicide in an Abuja hotel room.
psychologist but he didn’t attend. It was too hard, he said, too complex to
talk about all that personal stuff to a stranger.
forcing him to perform oral sex on her when he was six years old, even bringing
her friends round, until another family member walked in on them.
ordeal, perhaps because employing rape and sexual terrorism as a key tool in
thwarting the enemy does not come as a surprise.
or its children. In Africa, generation after generation, the same mistakes are
repeated because we prefer to plaster over these atrocities or justify them
with unhelpful traditional beliefs.
Black-Berry messenger that promised to make me “weep for Nigeria”.
sex with a 13-year-old girl.
children to demons and satanic influences.
careers to watch over their children.
was corrupting the young boy with her “sexpertise”.
real problem: child pornography is making its way into the African landscape
where it is unlikely to be checked or investigated by the police.
to continue indicts those in authority.
them accountable. When is Africa going to have the courage to stand up and say
Source: The African Report