Crying Meri: Endemic Violence Against Women in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is one of few places in the world where violence against women is seen as normal. According to resent statistics from the PNG National Department of Health, 68% of women have experienced physical or sexual violence, one third were subjected to rape and 17% of sexual abuse involved girls between the ages 13 and 14.
Some qualitative surveys show that in some highland regions, almost all women (98%) report being sexually abused. One of the world’s leading humanitarian charities, Medicins Sans Frontieres, claim that they are dealing with levels normally only experienced in war zones.
Photos by Vlad Sokhin