Renee C. Byer/Renee C. Byer

In the Charan slum settlement of northern India, 20-year-old mother Kalpana starves her daughter Sangeeta, 2, while the girl’s 5-month-old sister, Sarita, sleeps in comfort in her mother’s arms. Sangeeta weighs just 9 pounds. Children are more likely to appeal to the sympathy of those inclined to give to beggars, so those who beg use children for this purpose.

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