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Moments Before Mutilation

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 5, 2014, 4:37 AM
Finnish photographer Meeri Koutaniemi visited Kenya to document a circumcision ritual of two young girls. Her photographs were featured in the following article in the Finnish leading newspaper Helsingin Sanomat: www.hs.fi/datajournalismi/Hetk… The article is titled 'Moments before mutilation'. Unfortunatelly it is only available in Finnish but you can always use Google Translator, right?

This black and white imagery is at the same time both beautiful and painful to look at.
 
 









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Ikarisou Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
oh my god, this is so horrid... but thanks for sharing anyways... sorry, lost for words...
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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student Photographer
:nod:
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Niconic-crazyness Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All I could do is take deep breaths and hope that someday the people of these communities are educated 
(gently, because harshly only breeds contempt and fear) about how this shouldn't be done.
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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student Photographer
Indeed so..
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:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just the sight of those razors let's you know what'll happen next...it's difficult to read or view without crying for those poor girls.
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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Photographer
I had an ugly feeling in my stomach while viewing too.
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:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope they at least survived the process & won't face any sort of infection. That's all anyone can honestly hope for in the meantime.
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*lets
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:iconvoigtlander:
Voigtlander Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Photographer
I'm not exactly fond of interfering into other cultures, but as a woman I say - DAMN, stop that :(
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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Photographer
I agree. :nod:
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MadMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ihan vähästä en hätkähdä, mutta nyt täytyy sanoa, että mahanpohjassa juilii. Perkele Rage 
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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Photographer
Samat sanat..
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ArgentumChloride Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Strong imagery fit for such horrendous events. :iconsternplz:
It goes without saying that such practices are barbaric and they don't even represent tradition as they've arisen in the later hundred years. Those poor girls will never know pleasure just because they "might" cheat.

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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Photographer
:nod:
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:iconjakezdaniel:
JakezDaniel Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
I really love what she's making. Pure photojournalism for a noble cause.
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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Photographer
I agree. :nod:
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