“Girl” and “soldier”—two words that should never refer to a single entity. Two words that ended up describing a lot of people during the civil war in Sierra Leone, a conflict that lasted from 1991 to 2002. During that time, thousands of children were abducted and made to assimilate with rebel forces. Approximately 30 percent of those children were girls between the ages of eight and eighteen.
It might seem like the conflict ended a long time ago, but that’s part of what interests Jonathan Torgovnik. More than ten years after the war was officially over, Torgovnik, a photographer drawn to projects highlighting the aftermath of conflict, interviewed and photographed eight of the women who were abducted during the war.