“Salma Hayek walked up to me — who I was super in love with because of “From Dusk Till Dawn” with George Clooney — and said the craziest shit: “You know your brothers and sisters are dying over in Africa because of all this jewelry you’re wearing.” Because I guess we had those big ole watches they gave us on, and these platinum necklaces. So I was like, “What?! What are you talking about? I don’t have no brothers and sisters in Africa!” And like that, Salma Hayek killed my hard-on. I just went limp. I told her it was nice meeting her and walked out away from that.”
It had been years since Lydia had seen her older sister… Years since she heard her laugh, saw her smile. Now that she was coming back? It was like Lydia was meeting a stranger… She had no idea what her sister was like anymore or if they would get along.
“If you keep staring into the clouds your going to miss everything that happening around you,” An all too familiar voice said behind the banshee.
Turning around, Lydia plastered an excited grin and threw her arms up, hugging her sister. “Rhea! How was Africa? Why did you change your mind and come back?”
CHILDREN OF THE WORLD / CONGO (DRC) - As I travel around the world on various assignments, I never tire of taking photos of children. Not only are they so picturesque as only children can be, but they also represent a hope in them that can’t be found in any other type of images. In their joys and in their despair, in their riches and in their poverty, my heart goes out to them. I want to lift them up to the word and shout, “Look, this is the future! The future is in their hands!” I sometimes wonder, though, what kind of future will they have … Here we have a young mother? A big sister? A caretaker? Africa has the world’s highest rates of adolescent pregnancy, according to the United Nations. “Babies having babies,” the BBC says. Just a couple of years ago, the DRC was the world’s toughest place to be a mother, according to Save the Children. That could still be true today. For some reason, this image just breaks my heart. This young girl with a baby on her back looks so desolate, lonely, maybe fearful. Her world is surrounded by war, poverty and turmoil. There are too many men in her world that want to take advantage of young girls like her; thus the alarming and sad statistics.