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Floey by Martyna Ożóg

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD / TAJIKISTAN - 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 … When I saw this young Muslim girl in a village of Tajikistan, my heart went out to her. She obviously lived in extreme poverty, and she had a sadness about her that really touched me. I’m afraid that her future may not be too bright, fearing it will be one of extreme difficulty. 

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD / ETHIOPIA - 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 … I have been many times to the Ethiopia countryside; in its rural villages. This is a country I love to visit, and I love its people. Ethiopia is a beautiful country, full of rich and diversifies cultures and peoples. Many of the people, however, do live in extreme poverty. I wonder what the future holds for this young girl? She seems so proud and determined! Good for her!