lunch at La Grace

lunch at La Grace
Orphanage in Kinshasa, Congo


Friday, February 26, 2010


pa·ri·ah /pəˈraɪə/ –noun
1. an outcast.
2. any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided.
3. (initial capital letter) a member of a low caste in southern India and Burma.

The Congo is a country where the belief in Witchcraft is common. Historically a norm practiced in the countryside it is now increasingly more present in the cities as well. The increasing beliefs in witches and sorcery have tended to mirror the social decay caused by war and poverty. Many of the street children that roam the Congo's cities have been cast out of their families after being denounced as witches. These homeless 'witch children' often live in cemeteries and only come out at night. Children....pariah?

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