Doubou Mbemba, b. 1978 [Congolese]
L' innocente (The Innocent)
The abuse perpetrated against minor children in mining quarries, more specifically young adolescent girls, constitutes an immense irrecoverable loss. A high-risk winding path that leads to ruin. On the one hand, some (the sponsors) benefit from it and endanger the well-being of a community or even a society. On the other hand, the respective families lose the potential that must in the future take over.
This work expresses not only the suffering that the young girl undergoes during this horrible period of forced labor, but also the remorse for not enjoying her adolescence. The bucket of water placed on the head undermines enthusiasm, social reintegration and hope.