Krisanne Johnson | I Love You Real Fast

Country of origin: United States
Project location: Swaziland
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2010

Coming of age for Swazi girls is tough. A  tiny  African  nation of one million, Swaziland reports the highest percentage of HIV-­‐positive people in the world, with the hardest  hit  being  young  women,  aged  15-­‐24.    It’s  no surprise that women here rarely live past 31. The recent global health intervention in Swaziland has challenged traditional  patriarchal  polygamous   beliefs.   Young women are caught in the middle of a tug of war between historic values and modern solutions. Krisanne Johnson documents women in the  midst  of  this  youth  culture  who are constantly on the  verge  of  giving  birth  to  burying best friends, of finding love to fighting for life.