Jonathan Torgovnik

June 4, 2009 - June 28, 2009

Anastasie Mukarutabana

Anastasie Mukarutabana (43) and Theogene Twagirumukiza (12).

Claudin Mukakalisa

Claudin Mukakalisa (26), and her son Jeandediue Ufiteyezu (11) Gisazi, Rwanda

Gaudiose Mukandamage

Gaudiose Mukandamage (35, HIV+), and her Daughter Dianne Mukashyaka (12)Gahini, Rwanda

Joseline Ingabire

Joseline Ingabire (37, HIV+), with her daughter Leah Batamuliza (11)Gishari, Rwanda

Verena Uwingabira

Verena Uwingabira (34, HIV+), with her daughter Josile Iradukunda (11) Kimironko, Rwanda

Jonathan Torgovnik

Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape

Jonathan Torgovnik’s Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape is a series of remarkable portraits of mothers with their sons and daughters, and their harrowing first-hand testimonies.

In February of 2006, Torgovnik traveled to East Africa to report on a story for Newsweek, coinciding with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the outbreak of HIV/AIDS. While in Rwanda, he heard an interview with Odette, a survivor who was raped during the Rwandan genocide and as a result of that rape, had a child and contracted HIV/AIDS. She described how her entire family had been killed and recounted the terrible abuse she experienced. Odette’s horrific story led Torgovnik to return to Rwanda to work on a personal project about women who, like her, were left pregnant as a result the militia’s heinous crimes.

Over the next three years, he made repeated visits to photograph these women and their children, and record their heart-wrenching stories.

Torgovnik created Foundation Rwanda in 2008 with Jules Shell to assist Rwandan families impacted by HIV/AIDS.