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Portraits of ‘Children Who Have Children’ in Guatemala

Heidy, from Guatemala, was 12 when she became a mother. Photograph by Linda Forsell, used with permission.

Heidy, from Guatemala, was 12 when she became a mother. Photograph by Linda Forsell, used with permission.

Swedish photographer and journalist Linda Forsell has just started a Tumblr blog where she will be sharing her project “about young girls that have been sexually abused and have babies as a result of it.” Forsell explains:

Through a strong photographic depiction following the lives of a few of the young girls that are also mothers, I will depict the situation in Guatemala as well as give sexual abuse of girls in general, a face. They idea is to spend much time with 3-5 girls, dispersed over 3 trips to the country. I will aim to depict their normal lives with problems and hope. I will also do audio-recorded interviews to use as an addition in a final slideshow published on the web and hopefully through external media. The material will also result in an exhibition that I hope to travel from Sweden to Guatemala and abroad.

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