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Another mouth to feed – 23 March 2014 –Thuthe’s baby, Romeo, was born and her responsibilities have grown exponentially, the care of the baby also compromises her income. Some of Thuthe’s sparkle has disappeared and her facial expression is no that of a concerned mother. Subject is aware of photographer.

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My palace – 23 March 2014 –Although I was never allowed to take pictures in any of the rooms I managed to peep into some rooms and discovered a paradox in living conditions in some rooms. The neatness and cleanliness of this room is in total contrast to the surrounding rubble strewn area meters from the door. Subject is not aware of photographer.

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Shadow Children: Life and Strife: 2014

All photos and story by Hein Waschefort 2016

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A nartjie a day – 23 March 2014 –No matter how dire living conditions are, these people,  and especially the children, have an own sense of pride and joy. Even a nartjie (mandarin) brings a smile to an otherwise compromised child. Subject is interacting with photographer.

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Shadow child – 27 July 2014 –Young Peter is catching the first rays of the sun in-between shacks behind shibeen on a cold Sunday morning. Subject is not aware of photographer.



On any Sunday – 28 September  2014– On Sundays mothers, prostitutes and others, take time of to play with their children. The rest of the week most of these children are ignored and not to be seen.



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