“I feel everyone should get freedom to have nutritious food.”
“What do you like to eat?”
“I like Karela and Bhaji.”
“What would you choose to eat if you had the freedom to step out and buy anything you wanted?”
“I would love to go to McDonalds. I want to eat ‘bahar desh key phal’.”
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9 year old Samina (name changed) studies in Class II. Prerana spotted her during an outreach visit at the Falkland Road red-light area. It’s been three years since Samina has been part of the organization’s night care centre. Her mother was trafficked from West Bengal, owing to her father’s excessive drinking habit and poor financial condition back home, compelling her mother move to Mumbai for a job. She was coerced to shift to this unknown city by one of her friends under the pretext of getting her a job. Samina and her mother were brought into the unknown world at Falkland Road, quite contrary to what they had envisaged. Samina likes going out and dreams of going to Delhi to see India Gate.
Credit: Prerana Anti-Human Trafficking Little Humans
Started in June 2014, and inspired by Humans of New York‘s wonderful ability to make us relate to people we would never know otherwise, we started our own campaign – Little Humans. An attempt to provide a space for every little face, a voice for every choice they make, whether it’s their favourite food or their worst nightmare.
We began with the belief that sometimes the littlest people have the biggest stories to tell. But how could we know that for sure? We didn’t. Until we stepped out, and began to talk to little children from all walks of life and with varying degrees of privilege to realise that these photo stories collectively expressed what it means to be a little human today.
Why are we doing this? Because, we are a child rights group who want nothing more than to create a safer/better world for children. Having shifted the tide towards prevention and not just protection, collecting such stories only helps us deepen our understanding of children and their needs, better still through new lenses. Yours.