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Living on handouts

By Chinga
The Theme: Oceans
This is the story of Sumala and her little girl Amrita. They make a living on a beach North Goa.
With her limited English I managed to put her story to context. Her husband was a fisherman but for some fate he is not around anymore. She has moved into a bamboo shack with Amrita and scavages the beach for drift wood, sea shells, any fish left on the nets and fallen coco nuts to sell to passers by... She showed a dignified acceptance to it all, I went and bought some food for them at a little beach shack. What broke my heart was at the end of the time we spent there she asked me if I wanted to adopt her daughter as she'd have a much better future with me... I asked about her family, they are from another state but they can't afford to have her back as it'll mean two more mouths to feed... Sad story indeed...

Tags: Photo journalism General Oceans Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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ddolfelin 11 103 3 Wales
3 Jul 2014 10:34AM
A touching story and some fine pictures.
debu 12 India
3 Jul 2014 10:40AM
Lovely set of images.
Badgerfred 15 39 Wales
3 Jul 2014 10:43AM
It really is a sad story Isabel, like your images,
3 Jul 2014 11:09AM
A lovely set well taken V4 for me

mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
3 Jul 2014 12:31PM
Yes,a sad story indeed Isabel.
Good bit of reportage.
Jasper87 Plus
12 3.2k 162 England
3 Jul 2014 12:36PM
Sad and far too common...

3 Jul 2014 1:19PM
have to agree with Dave Sad

pentaxpatty 9 30 2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2014 1:24PM
I am shedding tears reading this , wonderful photos and write up too, how sad this is, that people live like this when we have so much.
I know that you will feel helpless in this situation.
Irishkate 12 45 121 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2014 1:36PM
Sadly one of many - imagine offering you her child - how desperate is that?
Good reportage Isabel.
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JohnoP 17 2
3 Jul 2014 1:49PM
Life leaves me speechless some times Isabel...this is a reminder for us all Sad John
Mollycat Plus
9 21 2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2014 1:50PM
This happens all to often Isabel, and not just in India. A sad story indeed.
gss 9 1 Romania
3 Jul 2014 2:10PM
Unfortunately, ALL the world is plenty of such sad stories....
SUE118 Plus
14 8 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2014 2:21PM
Very powerful images and makes one think how lucky we are.Smile
A nice set of images but a very sad situation.
3 Jul 2014 4:56PM
Makes you realise how lucky we are, Isabel!

Nikonuser1 Plus
10 173 16 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2014 5:37PM
So sad Isabel, we are so lucky.

3 Jul 2014 6:29PM
Sad story, hard lifeSadSad Good reportage.
mistere Plus
9 21 7 England
3 Jul 2014 8:57PM
We all know that the world is full of such sadness, it's a little easier to deal with
when it's seen in a news report on TV. This must have been very difficult and upsetting
but you did what you could and i'm sure Sumala and her daughter appreciated your kindness.
Very sad.

netta1234 10 382 2 Wales
3 Jul 2014 9:03PM
Oh Isabel this is very sad and upsetting,
Asking you to adopt her lovely child,we don't realise how lucky we are.
I bet you felt sad when you left them.
3 Jul 2014 9:47PM
A wonderful set Isabel, but so sad..Lin
Fred263 10 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2014 10:29PM
Photo journalism with a tinge of sadness, Isabel. Reality can be harsh.

MaryFaith 8 59 New Zealand
4 Jul 2014 3:26AM
V1 for me - a sad account of life for these unfortunate people. It is wonderful how they manage to survive and stay happy living in such poverty!
prabhusinha 14 5 5 India
4 Jul 2014 3:21PM
So sad, breaks my heart.
tonyguitar 10 77 37 Canada
10 Jul 2014 3:19AM
We humans seem not to manage peace and wealth very well. This is
very stressful for that poor mother. They have some help from persons
passing I suspect. There is generosity among the poor there.
Not so much in the middle east and Africa I fear. The fate of children
in those war zones Is a disgrace to all those who operate corporations
and have great wealth.... Oil wealth.....Poppy / Heroine wealth. TG

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