Children
of the Americas
on the fringes of poverty

Siblings on in front of their house on a floating island. Uros Community, Lake Titicaca, Peru.
"Children of the Americas" is a series of portraits that document the children on the fringes of development, whose lives have been marked either by endemic poverty, the lack of stability and security. The photos were taken while Fallckolm Cuenca was working at the United Nations Development Programme in Central America. The project was exhibited in Stockholm between 2007 and 2009.
Poverty
is recognised
by the United Nations as the single largest obstacle in protecting and promoting the rights of children. Poverty affects not only their potential for development but perpetuates a vicious circle of social exclusion. The latter is most visible in societies where the difference between rich and poor are the greatest.
Indigenous Embera girl leaning on her father. Embera community, Rio Chagres, Panama.
Young boy in front of his home on the island of Taquile, Lake Titicaca, Peru.
Latin
America is
a perfect example. It is a continent scarred by social unrest and armed conflict along vast ideological divides. Its modern history is marked by military dictatorships, foreign interventions, and revolutions that have all rippled through generations. Reconciling with the past has been a painstakingly slow process and in many countries of the Americas grievances are yet to be properly resolved.
A boy protecting his sibling with a toy gun. Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Latin
America is
a perfect example. It is a continent scarred by social unrest and armed conflict along vast ideological divides. Its modern history is marked by military dictatorships, foreign interventions, and revolutions that have all rippled through generations. Reconciling with the past has been a painstakingly slow process and in many countries of the Americas grievances are yet to be properly resolved.
A “Moon Child” from one of the islands in the Comraca Kuna Yala archipelago, Panama.
Young girl in front of her home, Chiapas, Mexico.
Young girl amidst the ruins of an old house in the Comarca Kuna Yala archipelago, Panama.
Young girl in Portobelo, Panama.
Girl with her pet cat, Uros, Lake Titicaca, Peru.
Young child playing. Embera community, Rio Chagres, Panama.
Orphans at a school in La Chorrera, Panama.
Two kids flying a home made kite, Comraca Kuna Yala archipelago, Panama.
Young child in front of his floating island home, Uros, Lake Titicaca, Peru.
Young girl cleaning the family restaurant in a coastal town El Salvador.

Photo Essay Series

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    AFGHANISTAN
  • Stacks Image 1066
    SENEGAL
  • Stacks Image 1072
    THE AMERICAS
  • Stacks Image 1078
    “1968”
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