Monday, March 3, 2014

Refugee + Camps, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, November 30, 2013

This young girl is no different than the two sisters in the previous posts. She has the same dreams all girls from around the world possess, displaying a smile as proof of this.

Her life is an extreme one with images of her surroundings included alongside her image. She and her family have been uprooted from their home by the most recent bout of communal violence in Uttar Pradesh, India. They now live in these tents, and have perhaps a single bulb at night to share among a few families. With the sun setting well before six, can we imagine her perceptions for the remaining, waking hours?

My visits to these camps was made possible by a dear brother named Asrar. He told me that their stories needed to be shared. We photographed eight camps and interviewed two dozen people telling their us about their experiences. The only blessing for me was that they spoke in a language foreign to me, the only way to maintain composure while the camera was recording.

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