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Caught in desire

‘caught in desire’ - Life as it is after abandonment.

Ever since ‘first generation’ immigrants flooded into the Netherlands, involuntary abandonment has occured. It is common with women immigrants who have no independent entitlement to enter the Netherlands. They are brought to the Netherlands by their husbands, who have both Dutch and Morrocan citizenship. Often there is abuse and inequality in the relationship. When the husband wants to end the relationship he sends his wife, and often also their children, back to Morocco. There the women encounter the Moroccan law, which is not beneficial to women.

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" Caught in desire" tells the story of Moroccan women that have been abandoned. It shows the struggle to maintain themselves and their children. These single mothers have to handle the raising of their children without the help of the ex-husband and without social care. They are forced to be independent and to be creative in organizing a good life after the traumatic experience of abandonment. At the same time they are dreaming of an existence in the Netherlands. They are caught in their homeland but have the desire to return to a country that is paradise to them.

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Saskia de Ruiter

Freelance photographer Saskia de Ruiter, based in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, draws her inspiration from everything that surrounds her. Saskia tells stories of people. These stories are usually very personal and imposing. To sustain these stories she creates her own image based on what people tell her.  

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