FLOWERS OF EVIL
Fatima, 20, comes from a village near Meknes. She became pregnant by the boy she loved and in the end was betrayed and abandoned. Her's was a relationship similar to the typical boyfriend and girlfriend relationship, which is accepted by some societies. For example, there could be a boy and girl who grew up in the same small town; everyone knows they are in a relationship and love each other. The marriage negotiations will soon be in the works. When people moved to the larger cities, people brought this small-town social practice with them. More specifically, men used this mentality as a type of coercion tool to get the girl to have sex with him. He would say that they are in an “Ourfi relationship," and it is acceptable to be together and have sex. But when she gets pregnant, it is often the same story; he will leave, believing that if she gives into sleeping with him before marriage, she is probably willing to sleep with others as well. And this is what has happened to them. “When my parents found out I had a daughter, they totally cut off ties with me. They don’t want to hear anything about me or my daughter anymore. My sister told me they never mention my name at home. It’s like I never existed” says Fatima.
In this picture: Fatima and her little Saida, during a birthday party at the association Solidarité Féminine. (All names are changed to protect the true identity of the people)
- ph © Zoe Vincenti 2015
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- Contained in galleries
- FLOWERS OF EVIL / Morocco / ongoing project