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Goodluck, Lalita

By Kali
Another image from my railway children project. many childrenlive off their wits in the indian railway stations, preferring this life to the regime of an orphanage.They duck and dive to avoid the police who try to round them up nightly to get them into care.Lalita was stil inexperienced at avoiding the authorities and they eventually caught up with her.

I had gotten to know her over a few weeks, and arrived at the station one day to find the other kids crowed around the train lalita was leaving on - she had a 48 hour journey to Chennai ahead of her - alone. I barely had time to push some water, biscuits and a blanket through the window to her before she was gone.

Tags: Photo journalism

Voters: sjatkinson, Francois Lepinay, MediumSizeUnavailable and 4 more

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NevP 15 853 13 Canada
6 Jan 2007 2:10AM
This is a powerful image with the weight of a story behind it. Top marks from me.
Djemde 17 1 Tuvalu
7 Jan 2007 3:50PM
Beautiful image portraying loss, love the graininess. Reminds me of when i was in India years ago, the kids were just hanging around with us all the time, always willing to do little favours. Have you seen the film Salaam Bombay, a brilliant portrayal of these kids. Take care
sjatkinson 15 1
5 Feb 2007 5:05PM
This is worthy of a few more than 6 votes.....look at her eyes, and a heart tugging story. We dont know how fortunate we all are in the west. This image should wake a few people up. P xxx

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