Sunday, 21 December 2008

WP: "Destiny" of Girls

Photo © Nikki Kahn/WP-All Rights Reserved

Nikki Kahn is a documentary photographer and photojournalist working for The Washington Post, and has recently been featured of the its website with her photo essay "For Impoverished Girls, School Is Just A Dream", which is accompanied by an article written by Mary Jordan, titled "This Is The Destiny of Girls".

The photographs are of young girls in the westernmost area in India called the Little Rann of Kutch, where one of the main industries is salt-gathering.

In these impoverished villages, many young girls are pulled out of school to help the families earn a meager living from salt gathering. The article tells us that "it is a familiar story in much of the developing world, and particularly South Asia. In India, half the women older than 15 are illiterate, twice the rate for men, and millions of poor girls are pulled out of school to help at home, often when they are 10 to 12 years old." In these parts, it's the girls destiny to remain illiterate.

Nikki Kahn's website is here