In "Country Without Parents: Labor Migration From Moldova," Andrea Diefenbach turned her lens on a country -- the poorest in Europe -- where more than one-third of the adult working population has left to find work abroad. These people are frequently parents who leave children behind, often without seeing them again for years at a time. "My images aim to look behind the statistics to reveal the impact of migration on families and society and ask how high a price parents and children pay for it," Diefenbach says.
Above, a 2008 photo shows Carolina, Olga, and Sabrina, ages, 7, 12, and 10, at home. Their parents are divorced and their mother left to work in Italy, paying €4,000 euros to a human trafficker to get into the country. The girls live alone, and cook, bake bread, clean, and go to school. Their mother, who worked as a cook in Moldova, takes care of an elderly woman in Italy and regularly sends parcels to her children. She wants to stay in Italy until she has enough money to buy a house for herself and her daughters in Moldova.