July 6, 2015

July 6, 2015

A Sister’s Care

Photograph by Ali Al-Zaidi

Losing a mother is especially painful for young children, and older children may take on the bulk of the responsibility afterward, writes photographer Ali Al-Zaidi. Here, a young woman cares for an infant sibling in Ethiopia. “But still the sadness shows on the little kid’s face, because something is missing, which is the mother,” Al-Zaidi writes.

This photo was submitted to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest.

16 comments
Bahareh Mahooti
Bahareh Mahooti

When my parents got divorced I took the responsibility of taking care of my little sister, she was 2, I was 8, horrifying thing that has ever happened to me, I had to learn how to grow up and always was worried cause she was alone home, with that monster (step mother) who beat her often for no reason. I hated that monster too much and loved my sister so much that one day I stood up and she beat me instead. I never feared her more. I was 10 that day. I was a hero for myself, and everything to my sis. Dad never knew what happened to me, scars, bumps.

until now, my worst nighmares are the ones with step mother and dad, hiding my school books, chopping my clothes,,,, and beating my sis. I cry and wake up and tell myself "I'm 30, no more nightmares, it's over"... but no. For me my terrible childhood continue to haunt me. 

I don't have a great relation with any member of my family, being with them, reminds me of past. My sis is okay, she doesn't remember anything, so she gets on well with them. It's great.

I prefer to stay alone, far from them, I've had enough. I'm just begining to get in touch with my dad. I pitty him, he seems sorry.

but I can never leave those terrifying ugly memories behind. I forgive them, but it botters me, why a woman can beat two little girls so bad? What did she get from it? 


Bahareh Mahooti
Bahareh Mahooti

probably I should add, here, I managed to save myself because till 23, I was in trouble with both of them, step mother and dad. But I surely can say, no one, could touch my little sister ever again, cause I was ready to fight back and protect her the only thing that I could die for. 

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

They both appear so sad.  Her legs are scarred.  The landscape is barren.  They are living such harsh lives.  It sure puts everything into perspective.

Linda Creel
Linda Creel

Their heads combined with the eldest's loin cloth form a heart... really beautiful.

Bibekananda Das
Bibekananda Das

A great image-- awesome mix of emotion and setting !!

Ellen Powell
Ellen Powell

It's an excellent picture, but a very sad and very real reality.  Many children as young as 8 are raising children in Africa and many times it is because families cannot afford to raise their children so the older ones get "dumped", literally, they find their food in dumps along with goats and other types of animals.  I've seen it and a friend of mine worked tirelessly with little funds to assist those kids.

Vishwas Trivedi
Vishwas Trivedi

I'm deeply  touched by this picture and story behind it.

HeartBeat Singh
HeartBeat Singh

It's a Game of Creator but They will missing the best place for cry in Mother's arms. 

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