2 weeks ago
'Driving change' - Isaiah
Part of a series of portraits I took in Rustenburg of the team of 8 male drivers in responsible for transporting victims of SGBV to clinics supported by @msf_africa for emergency care.
This is his story:
"With men my age, when we were growing up, our mothers were beaten and we were beaten at school. I wasn’t aware it was abuse. We thought it was maybe a way of correcting. During my time, we had corporal punishment; they could beat you with a stick, a board duster. You’d get injured. At home, sometimes my mother would be beaten where in the morning I could see the blood. We had livestock, and if all the cows didn’t come home, we’d get beaten.
This is how we were raised. Men should be leaders, they don’t ask you to do something, they tell you. Our men need behavior change. Most men my age have this thing where if you want to change someone, you beat them, especially their wives. If you’re in that environment, you can’t see. Now I’m working for MSF and I hear people talk, I can hear it isn’t good.
When I first started working here, I would cry about the patients we collected. One day I collected a woman and she was crying. Her pain came right into me and I physically felt it in my body. I was shattered. If someone tells you a story, that story becomes yours. After I dropped her at the Kgomotso Care Centre, I just needed to be alone, to think about what was happening in South Africa. I talked to my peers about this, and I felt better." .
Full link to the documentary Driving Change can be found in my bio. .
Drivers testimonies collected by Kate Ribbet.
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