"A two-day investigation led to troubling new
information: financial inducements offered to birth mothers, birth mothers
unaware their children are to be adopted by foreign parents, and... financial
and psychological tactics to prevent birth mothers from reneging on their
promises to relinquish."
An influx of wealth and privilege is shaking up this socialist country. But, as pro-democracy activists are jailed and the network of power tightens, the Communist Party's strong hand may be
turning economic progress into a social disaster.
Norwegian photojournalist Jonas Bendiksen spent six weeks living in the slums of Nairobi, then Caracas, Mumbai, and Jakarta. His remarkable panoramic images take us inside slum families' lives, revealing the profound human impulse to fashion not only shelter but a home.
BY JONAS BENDIKSEN, CHRISTINA LARSON|NOVEMBER 5, 2009