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Photo Essay: Living On A Dollar A Day

Renée C. Byer / Submitted

Child Herder in Bolivia: Following the death of his father, Alvaro Kalancha Quispe, 9, helps his family survive by herding. He opens the gate to the stone pen that holds the family's alpacas and llamas each morning so they can graze.

Renée C. Byer / Submitted

A Pulitzer Prize winning photographer has an exhibit of her latest work at the Viewpoint Gallery, 2015 J Street, Sacramento. A Second Saturday reception is planned Feb. 14. Renee Byer, a senior photojournalist at the Sacramento Bee, took a leave of absence for two years and traveled to 10 different countries on four continents to document people who live everyday on less than a dollar. The work became a book, “Living on a Dollar a Day, The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor.”

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Seeking Shelter in Ghana: Known as "Little Cowboys," in their Ghanaian village Tibetob Gmafu, 5, left, Bidimei Gmafu, 5, center,  Dawuni Bisun, 7, upper right, and Ninankor Gmafu, 6, below, seek cover from the rain as they keep a watchful eye on cows they were herding.  The children say they are not allowed to bring the cows home in bad weather for fear that they will be beaten. They live in fear of a snake bite after their father was blinded by a snake and a brother died. They say they have beaten to death three snakes this past year. They all wish they could go to school instead of working every day herding the animals in their village in the Volta region of northern Ghana. Renée C. Byer / Submitted


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Working to Survive: In an e-waste dump that kills nearly everything that it touches, Fati, 8, works with other children searching through hazardous waste in hopes of finding whatever she can to exchange for pennies in order to survive.

While balancing a bucket on her head with the little metal she has found, tears stream down her face as the result of the pain that comes with the malaria she contracted some years ago. This is work she must do to survive. Renée C. Byer /Submitted



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