By Ebrahim Elmi

As we navigate the bustling city streets each day, consumed by the demands of our fast-paced lives, it can be all too easy to overlook the struggles and hardships faced by those around us. Yet, as a dedicated photographer, I make a conscious effort to observe and document the world with keen insight and empathy.

Child labor remains a pressing issue that often goes unnoticed by many. These young souls, who should be experiencing the joys of childhood, are instead toiling away in adult-like conditions, deprived of an education and the simple pleasures of play. In my latest collection, I sought to delve deeper into this pervasive problem, capturing not just their physical labor, but also their emotions and innermost feelings.

Despite the weight of their responsibilities and the harsh realities they endure, there is a poignant innocence and resilience that shines through in the eyes and faces of these children. Through the lens of my camera, I aimed to convey the depth of their spirit and the hardships they bear. The hands, weathered and worn, tell a story of struggle and perseverance, revealing the obstacles they have faced in their young lives.

In an effort to symbolize the purity and innocence of these children, I chose a simple white background for my photographs. The scratches and imperfections added to the images serve as a metaphor for the challenges and injustices that have marred their lives. It is my hope that through these powerful visuals, viewers will be compelled to reflect on the plight of these young individuals and advocate for a brighter future for all children.

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