Moments in Between

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  • Moments in Between

    Moments in between is a selection of images which I find along the way of telling peoples stories. They tell the story in a non-literal way.

  • December 1st, 2012-Orlando, Florida: Preziyana Presy, 8 sits in the motel room that she shares with her 4 brothers and sisters, mother and fatherin Northern Orlando. The family was rear ended by a bus, sending her father to the hospital for emergency brain surgery. Because of poor health, her father was unable to work and the family quickly found themselves homeless and only with the help of a local organization, families in transition they have been able to stay in a motel until they get back on their feet. They have since moved into the Orlando Coalition for the homeless and Tyrone (the father) has sustained another brain surgery. The American Motel, once created to stimulate business travel and tourism across the country, have over the years become home to many who are unable to come up with high deposits to rent apartments or in more recent years have been evicted or foreclosed on in light of the ensuing economic recession. Florida is home to 1/3 of the country's homeless families, who often times find temporary refuge in the many motels which line strips, ironically such as those surrounding Disney World. These families are one step away from living on the streets, scraping together what they can to get a room or relying on generous charity from organizations or individuals, while they do whatever they can to get back on their feet. Photo Credit: Nadia Shira Cohen
  • Two young couples who had been camped out in Tahrir Square as an act of protest found a quiet moment in the morning to pray.
  • Ostia, Italy-November 10th, 2017: An abandoned circus park in the Idroscalo neighborhood of Ostia, in which residents built their own houses, an aera in which public services are non-existent. Ostia, the seaside municpality of Rome has been floundering for the past two years after it's president was forced out of office on corruption. Recent first round elections show a majority vote for Movimento 5 Stelle and a surprising almost 10% for the right wing fascist party, "Casa Pound." The area has been tense in resent days after the brother of an alleged mafia boss assaulted an Italian jounralist on camera. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Pastor Marcus Pereira evangelizes two young boys in the holding cell of Duque De Caxias in the 59th Civil Police precinct. The pastor travels around many prisons in Rio bringing together inmates form rival drug gang factions and militia police officers as well.
  • A fire burns, carbonizing wood, in Les Cayes along the dry river. Deforestation is a large problem in Haiti, as trees are used for carbon production, the only option for fire burning in a country where having a stove is a shear luxury and out of reach of most households. Many local environmental groups are fighting strongly for replanting schemes, which is the only feasible answer to the problem.
  • El Temporal, Campeche, Mexico-October 28th, 2018: Maria Schmitt collectiong shirts of the men of the house before a possible rain storm. The family generally washes all clothes on two designated days during the week. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Kazakhstan: Aralsk street scene.
  • Marigliano, Italy-July, 2009: The bird was lying dead on the grough when I arrived to Antonella's house, not squished but shot, by a gun, a pistol. The deep red blood stain stood out in the midday light. I wondered if it was a young camorra drug dealer or just a frustrated it's always hard to tell the reality, guns come easy and life looses it's value. I took it as an omen for what was to come...a death.
  • Marigliano, Italy-July, 2009: I watch her peacefully sleeping with a bit of dread for when she will wake up. She will wonder where she is and how she got there, what day it is, what time it is…and then she will remember that Andrea is dead and that they are coming to put him in the coffin at 9:30.
  • Kazakhstan: An abandoned boat lies in the baot cemetary of the dried up part of the Northern Aral Sea, just south of Aralsk.
  • November, 2015- Antonio João, Brazil: Fazenda primavera, situated on a disputed area of land known to the Guarani as Ñande Ru Marangatu. The fazenda was recently occupied by a group of guarani while both sides await a decision from the supreme court on who gets the land. Brazil, South America’s most potent country, is slated to become the 4th largest economy in the world by 2030. As the largest exporter of soy and second largest producer of cattle in the world, its rich land is at the forefront of major disputes and increasing violence between land owners and indigenous peoples. The most contested region is in and around the state of Mato Grasso do Sul, an area rich in farmland and with one of the highest concentrations of indigenous people in Brazil. © Nadia Shira Cohen
  • Rezallë/Rezala, Kosovo - 29 June 2014: Hata Rukolli chases her daughter through her husband's childhood home in Rezallë/Rezala. Her brother, a member of the KLA, was injured during the conflict and her husband Blerim lost his brother in the Rezallë/Rezala Event. On 5 April 1999, Serb soldiers had entered the village separating the men and boys from the women; the men and boys were later killed. Thirty-seven (37) persons have been reported as unaccounted for in relation to this event. In December 2013, a gravesite in Rudnica, Raska, Southern Serbia, was located in an old quarry, after years of search. The site was discovered thanks to the joint efforts of relevant stakeholders within the frame of the ICRC chaired Working Group on Missing Persons. Satellite images from the period of March - June 1999 shared within that mechanism were of critical relevance to determining the location of the site. Fifty-two (52) sets of human remains and a number of body parts belonging to persons who went missing during the 1998-99 Kosovo armed conflict were exhumed between December and June 2014. Forensic experts from the Kosovo Department of Forensic Medicine, EULEX, ICMP and ICRC participated to and oversaw, as active observers, the works carried out at the site under the authority of the Serbian War Crimes prosecution. Between August and October 2014 all remains were handed over to EULEX on three separate occasions. ©Nadia Shira Cohen/ICRC
  • San Salvador, El Salvador-May 2016: Sanitation workers of the community health clinic in the Santa Tecla are fumigate houses, streets, sewers, and schools against mosquitos, as part of a government program to fight mosquito born diseases Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya. Pregnant women in today's El Salvador face a whole host of challenges from the threat of the mosquito born illness, Zika which has been linked to the grave condition of microcephaly in newborns, to the constant threat of gang violence with one of the highest murder rates in the world, to an increasing rape epidemic. However the most important threat to women's reproductive rights is by far the State's criminal ban on abortion. Doctors and nurses are trained to spy on women's uteruses in public hospitals, reporting any suspicious alteration to the authorities and provoking criminal charges which can lead to between 6 months to 7 years in prison. It is the poorer class of women who suffer the most as doctors in private hospitals are not required to report. Roughly 25 women are serving 30 to 40 year sentences on homicide charges for allegedly killing their newborn children. Although the women's stories, most of which resemble premature births or late term miscarigaes are often dismissed in trials, laced with moral accusations, based little on the consitution and scientific facts. ©Nadia Shira Cohen