9 Moons (Africa)
"Sexual violence is an alarming reality in many countries of the world. This is all the more true in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where armed conflicts, impunity and poverty contribute to a context of generalized violence.
In North Kivu, it is estimated that two-thirds of the female population have suffered sexual violence” - HEAL Africa Report, september 2012
This is the introduction of a detailed report published by HEAL Africa in September 2012.
HEAL Africa is a non-governmental organization based in Goma that works in the field of health and community development and has been engaged in the fight against gender-based violence for over a decade.
Civilians - it's written in this report - have become the main perpetrators of sexual violence. During the first half of 2012 in North Kivu, HEAL Africa recorded 2517 people who had survived gender-based sexual violence.
Among them, 2339 women and 178 are men. For the number of cases cited, the total number of perpetrators was 2134.
9 Moons is a project about one of the side effects of sexual assault on women in Africa: to be the mother of a child born from rape, unwanted but accepted by the tribal society in which they live.
A "Nobody's Child" like most of the children that feed a community without men but full of women, more and more often considered at the mercy of everyone to mantain a socio-cultural harmony in the village.
9 Moons focuses on the "silence", on the "absence", on the psicological presence of the male maker. He's a bit player, not an actor; he's hidden in the background, never present and never responsible.
And on the women, the daughters of "nine moons", with the sole task of giving life to an Individual who is going to fill up the collection of Men, already full to the brim.
9 Moons was made in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Mocambique