Photographer: Alex Kamutondole

'Stop Killing Us': A Visual Short Story of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide

Zambian photographer Alex Kamutondole captures the terrifying reality of violence facing South African women daily.

In his latest photo-series titled Stop Killing Us, Zambian photographer Alex Kamutondole offers up a poignant visual short story that captures the haunting cycle of violence facing women in the country: vulnerability, fear, protest, acceptance, surrender and death. South Africa's gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide remains a national crisis with the alarming figures to match. And despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has the entire world still reeling, South African women continue to be sexually assaulted, raped and murdered––daily. The online hashtags demanding justice for these women are endless, far too many to keep up with.

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