18 Nov 2013

Russian photographer praised for helping PNG women tell their story

1:37 pm on 18 November 2013

The Executive Director of Amnesty International's New Zealand office says he was shocked by photographs shown in Auckland last week by a Russian documentary photographer.

Grant Bayldon said despite working with victims for years, the photos of Vlad Sokhin's travels through Papua New Guinea were harrowing.

Mr Sokhin spoke to many women victims of domestic and sexual violence, some as young as 10.

He showed photos of women accused of sorcery and killed by mobs after being blamed for the deaths of people with diseases.

Mr Bayldon praised Mr Sokhin for helping the women tell their stories.

"And I don't think that even those of us who work in this field were quite prepared for what we saw here, and some of the harrowing stories. But they're incredible images and I think they're most incredible for me because they pick up the strength of many of the women there and the personality and the courage of a lot of the people."

The Executive Director of Amnesty International in New Zealand, Grant Bayldon.