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Photo by @magdarakita from the series “god made woman then he jerked” about young generation of girls and women growing up in liberia.
mamie moved to monrovia to live with relatives. she doesn't go to school and helps extended family with their jobs and household chores. there are many children in similar situation, who sometime live with complete strangers, don’t go to school and instead spend their time working or help around house. liberia, 2013.
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Photo by @magdarakita from the series “god made woman then he jerked” about young generation of girls and women growing up in liberia.
girls share lunch while chatting with a friend. additional meal provided at school is often important contribution towards girls diet and helps to convince families to allow girls to go to school. liberia, 2013.
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Photo by @magdarakita from the series “god made woman then he jerked” about young generation of girls and women growing up in liberia.
evon helps her grandmother with household chores and small restaurant they run as means to support extended family. she is fetching water from one of the wells. using those is free of charge, but the water can contaminated, especially during the rainy season. liberia, 2013.
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Photo by @magdarakita from the series “god made woman then he jerked” about young generation of girls and women growing up in liberia.
april 2013. cyrus cooper - one of the staff at more than me foundation is teaching a computer class. all computers are powered by a generator. at the time when this photo was taken less than 1% of monrovians had access to the electricity.
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Photo by @magdarakita from the series “god made woman then he jerked” about young generation of girls and women growing up in liberia.
girl playing with red balloon in one of the classrooms after classes ended for the day. schools supposed to provide safe environment for children to play and develop, but sadly s****l harassment is not uncommon even at schools and some students are encouraged to trade s****l favours for grades. liberia 2013.
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Photo by @magdarakita from the series “god made woman then he jerked” about young generation of girls and women growing up in liberia.
girl licks a knife after cutting birthday cake to celebrate friend's birthday.
liberia. april 2013.
it is a photograph did not show to anyone for a long time, but in the end i like how it may play with the mind of the viewer. what do you see? what is the story which comes to mind first? is it a thought of a grill enjoying a happy monet after cutting a birthday cake for her friend?
also - on a personal level - it reminds me of late grandmother who used to do exactly same thing.
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Photo by @magdarakita from the series “god made woman then he jerked” about young generation of girls and women growing up in liberia.

doll left on floor in safe house for underage survivors of abuse and gender based violence run by think liberia. s****l violence is still big problem and according to a doctors without borders report, 92 percent of liberia's r**e survivors seeking treatment are under the age of 18, an estimated 40 percent of which are under 12 years old. ten percent are younger than five. it is not uncommon for students to be subject to s****l harassment. july 2013.
i was struggling with ideas how to visually represent the stories fo young survivors of gender and s*x violence, when i saw that doll, it became, for me, a symbol of those stories.
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Photo by @magdarakita from the series “god made woman then he jerked” about young generation of girls and women growing up in liberia.
detail of the bedding at the safe house for survivors of s****l and gender based violence run by local ngo - think liberia. liberia, 2013.
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Photo by @magdarakita from the series “god made woman then he jerked” about young generation of girls and women growing up in liberia. girl plays with a shower cup used during rainy season to protect hair while seating in front of a blackboard in a local school. in 2013, all 25,000 candidates failed the entrance exam to the university of liberia, prompting president sirleaf to brand national education system as “a mess”. monrovia, liberia. july 2013. “girls of liberia, we need to be educated
we can do what men can do, just give us the opportunity. give us a chance to learn. give us a chance to learn. we are important.
we are the songs of liberia.”
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Photo by @magdarakita from the project “my liver is bleeding” about mental health and post traumatic stress among the civilian population in afghanistan.
raesa comforts her daughter lisa. since an attack on their house in kunduz, when they had to escape with only a change of clothes, lisa has difficulties sleeping and focusing and often cries. they visited a mullah, who insisted she was just a little scared. symptoms of ptsd, like flashbacks, hyper-vigilance, or being suspicious of afraid to leave the house, are not considered particularly abnormal.
as the symptoms persisted, the family decided it may be worthwhile to see a doctor. the mother says “every minute we think about war. what if they come? we don’t have money and means to escape. until the war ends, this disease will be everywhere”. if you want to read more about the ptsd and mental health in afganistan, please read the article on medium: “why there is no ptsd in afghanistan” https://medium.com/ href="/magdarakita">@magdarakita /why-there-is-no-ptsd-in-afghanistan-7c368344c62b
it was challenging and emotional to work on this project, and i am grateful to the people who allowed us into their lives and shared their stories as well as to baag.org.uk for financing it.
thank you for the opportunity to share this story here.
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Photo by @magdarakita from the project “my liver is bleeding” about mental health and post traumatic stress among the civilian population in afghanistan.
mullah sakhi jan says a prayer over a 13-year-old girl who was hit by a car the day before and had injured her leg. many come to mullahs for guidance and help with medical problems, including those with mental health issues. while some mullahs, after offering traditional prayer and amulets, tell their clients to go see a doctor, not all are as progressive. (see previous post) 
getting access to them was challenging and i had only one opportunity to photograph a mullah performing a ritual.
thank you for the opportunity to share this story here.
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Photo by @magdarakita from the project “my liver is bleeding” about mental health and post traumatic stress among the civilian population in afghanistan.
amanullah was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. he became aggressive towards family members, who chained him and later took him to the local mullah who ordered him locked up in a dark room for 40 days. he stills bears scars on his hands following daily whipping by the mullah, using a horsewhip, as part of the ‘treatment’ to scare out the bad ‘jin’ blamed for his behaviour.

estimated 40-60% of afghanistan’s civilian population suffers from post traumatic stress. yet few of those who seek treatment are actually diagnosed with it. symptoms of ptsd, like flashbacks, hyper-vigilance, or being suspicious or afraid to leave the house, are not considered particularly abnormal. what is considered abnormal in a communal society where large families often live under the same roof is for people to withdraw socially, or to suffer angry outbursts. thus, typically, people will be diagnosed with and treated for, major depressive disorder or anxiety.
another reason why ptsd isn’t more commonly diagnosed is that people are often reluctant to burden others with their problems. they have, after all, plenty problems of their own. as a result, people lose fluency in the ability to express themselves emotionally. they might say that their liver is bleeding, to indicate they are sad, or that their throat is tight to tell others they are feeling anxious or afraid.
many tell stories of experiencing conflict first-hand, even within the home environment. many will admit, the underlying cause of so much suffering is often endemic poverty and joblessness.
thank you for the opportunity to share this story here.
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