- Posted September 8, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
Nepal, Heaven or Hell?
"What you are seeing in these photos is abject poverty and hardship on varying scales. On the one hand you have the invincible naivety of 11-year-old homeless boys sniffing glue, while at the same time you have the 58-year-old disabled man, panhandling in 45-degree (110+ F) oppressive heat to raise money for a second leg. I mean it just doesn't get any grittier,' he said. He shot these images in May and June 2012. All subjects gave him permission to be photographed.
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
Westerners arrive in Nepal knowing full well that it is a land of contrasts. On the one hand Mt. Everest epitomises the purity of the land. On the other, tens of thousands of people, many being children, call the streets their home. Due to the transient nature of Nepal, tourists are often seen as rich, naive, 'easy money' to the sometimes drug-addled (glue sniffing) homeless. In these images, i have attempted to capture the apparent helplessness of some of these street-people. All people featured were given a donation by me.