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Crying Meri: Violence Against Women in Papua New Guinea
by Vlad Sokhin
Copyright 2014 FotoEvidence . All rights reserved Photographs: Vlad Sokhin Introduction: Jo Chandler Foreword: Christina Saunders Photo Editor: Andrei Polikanov Text editor: David Stuart Design: Mark Weinberg First edition ISBN: 978-0-9894866-2-0
Crying Meri by Vlad Sokhin represents a very rare triumph of social photography. When FotoEvidence first exhibited Crying Meri in 2012 we had no idea how fast and deep would be its impact. Within months, the work was picked up by both the United Nations and Amnesty International for campaigns to expose the extraordinary violence against women in Papua New Guinea (PNG). International attention and a public outcry by concerned citizens brought a response by the government, which passed the nation's first law prohibiting domestic violence late last year. Crying Meri is testimony to the power of art and creativity to expose, enlighten and inspire action.