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Painting: Acrylic, Digital, Wood, Pencil, Marker on Paper, Wood, Other.
Upon researching articles and new stories for this body of work, I observed that, people especially children are mostly violated by relatives, close associates among others.
Per some Muslim doctrines, the law allows for perpetrators of sexual abuse to be put to death when they are caught. Mostly, victims are afraid of the consequences that may arise should they report so they decide to keep quiet and suffer in silence.
When Lariba was six years old, she lost her parents. As custom demands, her uncle Alhaji Muntari took her under his wing. When she was eight years old, her uncle began to creep into her bed. He molested her until he passed when she was sixteen years old but she was still afraid to speak. Over the years, she had heard many relatives talk about incidences where some men had been put to death because they had been caught molesting children. She had been too afraid to speak for fear that she will cause his death. She hides her pain, preventing anyone from discovering her daily battles with shame, guilt and self-harm. There are many girls like Lariba in various communities who are suffering in silence, unable to speak up.