photo by @hammond_robin for @icrc | “it was so long ago. do you still think of him often?” i asked luzmila mahuanca, an indigenous leader in peru. the tears rolled down her cheeks - “you always remember - a mother never forgets her children.” luzmila’s 15-year-old son was taken away during the years of conflict between the military and the shinning path. he was never seen again. peru’s ashaninka communities like luzmila’s, which reside in the country’s jungle regions, were devastated by the conflict. she has never stopped fighting for justice and answers about the disappearance of her son. she is not alone. an estimated 20,000 people are still missing.
men make war; women live with the consequences. at least that is the way it is largely perceived. women are hardly passive victims though. they grieve, they fight against the suffering, and many find they are forced to re-invent themselves, shedding an old identify and forging a new one shaped by war. //
this work was made with the support of the international committee of the red cross, a humanitarian organization working on all sides of conflict to alleviate people’s suffering. to see more from the a woman’s war project, go to @icrc