Roma women and children

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mbfitzmahan. Roma Family. Romania. 2006

In October 2006, I traveled to rural Romania, to volunteer at a nonprofit orphanage in Romania.

One evening, I took this photo of Roma mothers and their children.  The women had been raped, abandoned, and left with babies.   The orphanage built a home on their property, giving these women basic housing and food.  The families lived together in one small house –  a modest existence, but they were safe from the poverty and horrors of the city.

Hours after I took this photo, in the deep night, this house burned to the ground.  All the families got out.  But, homeless again.  Just before the harsh winter.

 

For Women – The Women’s March Oakland

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mbfitzmahan. 2017 Oakland, CA. The Women’s March.

Over 100,000 people came out to march.  Women, girls, men, boys.  Black, White, Asian, Latina, Native American, Irish, Russian.

This was a protest march for women.  About issues that concern women.  Women’s health, babies’ rights, children’s education, African American rights, Latinos rights, immigrant issues, voters’ rights, the environment, men’s rights, LGBTQ rights.  Prisons, police abuse, rape.  “So many issues, so little sign,” was my favorite sign of the March.

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