On the tightrope
Varanasi, India, 2017
There is a girl with a bamboo pole tied around her neck. She moves forward, taking uncertain steps with her fragile body. She tries to find balance on the rope while her little brother watches her with a worried gaze. He follows her progress as their mother begs the passersby to put money on a plate. This child struggles to survive every day, with a brother who watches over her and a mother who begs to feed the family. It is a sad and heart-wrenching scene, especially in a world where poverty reigns. These children deserve better than this. They deserve love and the chance to live a life full of possibilities.