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Children of rape; Women in hell, December 2005

Bosnia Herzegovina

Children of rape; Women in hell, December 2005

Suzanna is 12 years old. In the eyes of the law she does not exist. She has no family, no bank account and no birth certificate. The place that she calls home is the state-run orphanage in Zenica in Bosnia, a rundown building with peeling paint flaking off the walls and broken windows. The orphanage is home to just over 150 children.

Some of them have lost their families to war and sickness, others, like Suzanna, were abandoned as “rape babies”, children born during the Yugoslavian war and left unacknowledged by families and state alike.

Ten years since the war in Bosnia ended. little has been done to help the thousands of women who suffered extreme sexual violence and torture or the children born as a consequence of this abuse.