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Brooke Medical. San Antonio. Texas. USA. August 2005..This was taken at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. I went there to photograph the treatment and rehabilitation of military personnel from the war in Iraq. I had arrived in Texas a day early for my appointment at Brooke and driven to the protest by Cindy Sheehan and others outside George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. The anti-war protest had evolved into a very unfunny stand-off between anti-war protesters and supporters for Bush and the war. I was at Brooke the following morning. When I walked in, the atmosphere was charged with a forced positivity generated by the physios and trainers. As a result, the patients were very forthright and I struggled to keep my composure as I found myself shaking their hands which felt like hard rubber, devoid of any sense of flesh or life and staring into lost eyes housed in grotesquely disfigured faces. I got talking with this guy and his mother. I asked them to come into the hallway as I wanted to photograph them in a more neutral environment. The son is reaching out to his mother between shots. At the end she asked me jokingly to do some magic on the computer to erase the flaws in the photographs. Her flaws. What is extraordinary and wonderful to me is that what bothered her was how as a woman she would look in the photograph. She was any woman mindful of her appearance, any mother with her son. She just saw her son beside her, and was simply happy he was home.. (KEYSTONE/VII Photo/Seamus Murphy)
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Silvana Hinestroza Mendoza, 43, holds her grandson as they nap in their home in Riohacha, Colombia, on September 25, 2018. ..It's been seven years since Silvana Hinestroza Mendoza first spoke publicly about being raped by members of a guerrilla group who kidnapped and tortured her when she was a young woman. More than 15,000 Colombian women and girls were raped or otherwise sexually abused during the country's civil war; many remain too terrified or ashamed to tell anyone. After spending most of a hot Wednesday afternoon with a reporter recounting some of the most intimate details of the worst days of her life, Silvana retreated to her grandson's bedroom. Finally speaking the truth about what happened, Silvana said, feels good, even powerful – like a layer of shame peeled back with each telling. But each telling also means exposing painful scars, literal and metaphorical. I photographed Silvana at that axis of strength and depletion, as she sought out the grounding weight of her grandson's small body, and offered him the soft foundation of her own. These are questions everywhere: whose stories we choose to believe, what weight we give a woman's words against a man's, whether women have exclusive jurisdiction over our own bodies. It is simultaneously dignifying and terrifying for women to tell the secrets more-powerful men demand we keep, and it's never felt so important to listen, to believe, and to acknowledge the personal courage and integrity of the women who share their stories with us. “I feel light,” Silvana said after our interview ended. “Like I was carrying something really heavy and I put it down.”..Colombia has some of the most progressive abortion laws in Latin America, but the millions of women displaced for decades by the conflict between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas, and more recently by crisis in neighboring Venezuela, often find themselves unable to access safe procedures — and to choose for themselves whether or not to continue a pr (KEYSTONE/VII Photo/Nichole Sobecki)
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Hospital midwives undergoing practical training with a women's health nurse practitioner from the United States...Giving birth in Afghanistan is a dangerous proposition: according to a January, 2006 World Bank report, nearly half of all deaths of women of childbearing age are related to pregnancy and childbirth. An estimated 75 percent of those deaths, according to the report, are preventable...Nearly five years after the fall of the Taliban and its repressive treatment of women, Afghan women are still suffer from some of the worst healthcare indicators for women in the world. According to UNICEF, Afghanistan's maternal mortality rate is the second highest in the world – 1,600 per 100,000 births, compared to 17 per 100,000 in the United States. Children do not fare much better: one in four dies before the age of five. The fertility rate for Afghan women is 6.6, two and a half times the world average. Some 92 percent of women deliver without a trained birth attendant present. ..Improving access to health care, particularly for women and children, is a top priority for the Afghan government and for international healthcare workers in the country. ..Rabia Balkhi Women's Hospital is the second busiest maternity hospital in Kabul, with some 12,000 to 15,000 babies born each year. In 2002, Tommy Thompson, then U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, singled out Rabia Balkhi for American financial aid, later calling it “a critical facility for Afghan women.” The long-term goal is to improve health care for women, and to create an ob-byn training program at the hospital, which will turn out doctors who will be able to help improve the quality of women's health care in other parts of Afghanistan..... (KEYSTONE/VII Photo/Sara Terry)
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