Alexandra* is 12 years old and lives with her father, her paternal grandmother and her seven-year-old brother in Glina, Romania. Her parents are separated and her mother, although living in the same village, has no relationship with them. This unfortunate situation greatly affects the children emotionally and worsens the father’s burdens.
by Luigi Carletti, translation by Yves Margarita, photograph by François Struzik
It is only when you look into their eyes that you truly understand what we are dealing with: unaccompanied migrant minors.
“In the house where the smugglers had me locked, they make you hate yourself and hate life.
In Kitgum, Uganda, at the Mucwini site, we met Lydia. Lydia is a middle-aged woman whose husband was killed by the rebel group of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
Florina* is a tiny eight-year-old blond girl. For several years Florina and her eleven-year-old sister were underfed and beaten by their parents.
Patrick is 23 year-old former child soldier from a village near Kitgum, in Northern Uganda. He was forcefully recruited into Joseph Kony’s LRA rebel ranks.
Alara is a member of the Acholi tribe. She had been happily married for six years when one day, while she was going to fetch water, she was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).