Torn

  • Photographer
    Marinka Masséus
  • Prize
    2nd Place / Special/Digitally Enhanced
  • Company/Studio
    Marinka Masséus Photography
  • Date of Photograph
    Oct 20 2012

In the Northern part of Namibia live many female Angolan refugees. They sought refuge from the brutal Angolan Civil war which lasted from 1975 -when Angola got independent from Portugal- until 2002. Before that, Angola was torn apart for decades in an armed struggle for independence. This country and its people faced over 40 years of violence and war. This series visualizes the psychological impact of being torn between two countries when forced to live somewhere else due to war and violence. Every day carrying the memories of the horrors as well as the love and longing for one's motherland.

Story

In the Northern part of Namibia live many female Angolan refugees. They sought refuge from the brutal Angolan Civil war which lasted from 1975 -when Angola got independent from Portugal- until 2002. Before that, Angola was torn apart for decades in an armed struggle for independence. This country and its people faced over 40 years of violence and war. This series visualizes the psychological impact of being torn between two countries when forced to live somewhere else due to war and violence. Every day carrying the memories of the horrors as well as the love and longing for one's motherland.

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