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Birthday Chocolate

Second Prize - Daily Life Category, Singles

Åsa Sjöström, Sweden, Moment Agency/INSTITUTE for Socionomen/Unicef

Baroncea, Moldova

Igor hands out chocolates to a classmate to celebrate his ninth birthday. When he and his twin brother Arthur were two years old, their mother traveled to Moscow to work in the construction field and later died. They have no father. They are among thousands of children growing up without their parents in the Moldovan countryside. Young people have fled the country, leaving a dwindling elderly population and young children.