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  • G291VD0D8.4Senior Photojournalist
    Miguel Rodriguez quiets the children eating their last meal of the day at the Peruvian orphanage he founded. The orphanage began with Rodriguez going to the streets of Lima to bring food and medicine to street children. It has 830 children ranging in age from a few months to 17 years old. Read photographer Reneé C. Byer's essay Why must this misery continue?
    Renee C. Byer | Renee C. Byer
  • G291VD0A8.4Senior Photojournalist
    Thirteen-year-old Hunupa Begum has been blind for 10 years, and begging is her family’s only source of income. Her 6-year-old brother, Hajimudin Sheikh, standing next to her, suffers from an abnormal level of fluid in his head, and her mother, Manora Begum, right, has asthma and a growth in her womb.
    Renee C. Byer | Renee C. Byer
  • G291VD0B2.4Senior Photojournalist
    Sultana, a 14-year-old girl wearing a blue wrap, works in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She labors 12 hours a day making zippers for clothing that will be sold around the world. Sultana went to school until fifth grade but now must support her family, which does not have a bathroom or electricity.
    Renee C. Byer | Renee C. Byer
  • G291VD0D0.4Senior Photojournalist
    Four-year-old Ana-Maria Tudor, above, stands in the light of her doorway in Bucharest, Romania, hoping for a miracle as her family faces eviction from the only home they have ever had. Her father recently had gall bladder surgery that resulted in an infection and left him unable to work.
    Renee C. Byer | Renee C. Byer
  • G291VD0BR.4Senior Photojournalist
    Known as “Little Cowboys” in their Ghanaian village, Tibetob Gmafu, 5, left, Bidimei Gmafu, 5, center, Dawuni Bisun, 7, upper right, and Ninankor Gmafu, 6, keep an eye on their cattle herd. They must run barefoot in constant fear of a snake bite, and all wish they could go to school.
    Renee C. Byer | Renee C. Byer
  • G291VD0CH.4Senior Photojournalist
    Kayayo girls in Ghana live in communal settings that require the least amount of rent, often near or on top of the city dump. Many Kayayo girls carry heavy loads on their heads and work with babies strapped to their backs. They work six days a week, and on Sunday they tend to daily chores such as laundry, cooking and cleaning. “Everyone is struggling so we can’t help each other,” said Sharifa Montaro, 23, center.
    Renee C. Byer | Renee C. Byer
  • G291VD0CO.3Senior Photojournalist
    Barbara Alfred, 15, lives in an orphanage in Monrovia, Liberia. She was raped by two of her uncles and left with a fistula that makes her unable to control her urine. She has been isolated from others at the orphanage and has been forced to sleep on only metal springs.
    Renée C. Byer | Renee C. Byer
  • G291VD0C6.4Senior Photojournalist
    In an electronic-waste dump filled with hazardous materials, Fati, 8, searches with other children in Accra, Ghana, for whatever she can sell for pennies. While she balances a bucket on her head carrying the little metal she has found, tears stream down her face as the result of the pain that comes with the malaria she contracted some years ago. This scavenging is work she must do to survive.
    Renée C. Byer | Renée C. Byer
  • G291VD0A1.3Senior Photojournalist
    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.
    Renee C. Byer | Renee C. Byer
  • G291VD0AP.4Senior Photojournalist
    Her jaundiced eyes show that Nupur, 20, has contracted hepatitis B, but she must continue her work at a brothel in Bangladesh. With more than half its population living below the poverty line, Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world. Poverty, low social status and lack of opportunities for education and employment have forced many women into the sex trade. Many girls are sold by their families as sex workers.
    Renee C. Byer | Renee C. Byer
  • G291VD0BH.4Senior Photojournalist
    Pooradej Kaenatip, left, lives on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. Kaenatip, 18, said he escaped abuse at the hands of his stepfather. Many homeless people he lives with are addicted to sniffing glue, which they use to suppress their appetite and to psychologically escape their circumstances. They survive on the streets but often are victimized by others.
    Renee C. Byer | Renee C. Byer
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