Daily Life: Siblings
(Left-right) Paulino, 7, and Laura, 14, stand beside their belongings, all of which are displayed on their sleeping mats outside the small thatched-roof hut of their child-headed household, in the community of Mudurini in Maganja da Costa District in Zambézia Province of Mozambique. A local community activist found the hut for the children, who have been on their own since the death of their parents and three younger siblings several years ago. Paulino is a third-grade student and helps with household chores after school. But Laura left school more than three years ago to care for their sick mother and now farms a neighbour’s small plot a two-hour walk from home in exchange for food for herself and her brother. She would like to return to school but cannot afford to. An estimated 1.6 million Mozambican children are orphans, many due to HIV/AIDS.
2007 © UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne

Louise McNaught. Fragmented Freedom III, 2011. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 x 4 cm.

scarletbegoniasinmycurls submitted:

Self Portrait
Watercolor and Ink
24” X 18”
“Til the end of time, til the sun puts out her light, I’ll love only you.”