All Images © Gwenn Dubourthomieu. A witch doctor in Katanga, Congo.
Katanga, a province situated in the southeast part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of the most stable and prosperous regions of the country yet suffers from a rash of violent sexual crimes every year which results in thousands of victims. Gwenn Dubourthomieou was one of the noted applicants of this year’s Getty Grants for Good. See more of his work here.
Many victims are abandoned by their husbands and looked down upon by society.
Required to pay for the medical expenses and numerous fees to press charges, the victim loses hope in presenting the preserved evidence in court.
In remote jurisdictions, where customary justice takes precedence over the civil justice system, the organization of “fairground courts”, (the transfer of the court to the location of the offense), is a way of raising the awareness in the surrounding communities.