Their school is closed. This is what they see and take into their conciusness' every day as they walk down the street. There is no local movie theater. Their is no community center. No "after school activities". The local stores as you saw in the previous posting - abandoned. The "Pizza Hut" closed. There is nothing for these children to to for recreation. They play amongst deprivation, blight and poverty.
The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished
by the indiference of others.
--Dag Hammarskjold (1905 - 1961)
As I was photographing, a 11-12 year old boy walked past me, I greeted him, he looked over in my direction and our eyes met - his eyes were absolutely vacant. It was haunting, this child eyes told the story of the walking dead. I knew intuitively this child has experienced - witnessed - too much suffering and violence. What I saw in his eyes haunts me still...
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
There are families trying to rebuild their homes and their lives in this neighborhood. Their children play in the blighted streets.
The amount of cars parked by this church in this blighted neighborhood intrigued me. The contrast between the amount of people drawn to this church and the amount of blighted properties, including the one right next door to the church touched me deeply. I felt the strength of the peoples of this neighborhood - no matter the outward signs of significant suffering.
--Majek Fashek - Promised Land