Orphaned Project, Don Mirra
Every so often I come across something that makes me question the goals that we as a society pursue. Seeing the Orphaned Project was one of the moments.
~ Patrick Henry
Every day, 75 girls under the age of 18 go into prostitution and 65 boys go into hardline crime. Most of those children are street kids and orphans. I was compelled to find these children to tell their story of lost hope and lost childhood. What I discovered was a world so vast it was almost incomprehensible. And yet, it is entirely preventable.
Reality is grim for a parentless child. More than half of those orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa are between the tender ages of ten and fifteen. In the Ukraine, the standard of living has plummeted since the end of communism and children are being abandoned at an alarming rate. Life expectancy for orphans in Eastern Europe is less than thirty years. The number of orphaned children is growing exponentially. Global media rarely pays attention to the magnitude of this worldwide epidemic. Now is the time to shed light on the common threads of orphaned children around the globe and at home in the United States and to offer hopeful solutions for a brighter future.
I traveled to over a dozen countries throughout the former Eastern Block and Middle East, into some of the most inhospitable places you can imagine. I trod through sewers, trash dumps, flop houses, back alleys, dangerous streets and institutional orphanages. Shooting only with the light available, I photographed over 600 children – putting a face to this 200 million plus child epidemic.
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The Orphaned Project by Don Mirra is a stunning and eye opening dose of reality.