This child watched through a broken window as we worked inside. It’s times like this when the natural, uncontrived symbolism of circumstance just presents itself to you and all you have to do is click. There was not pretence, no staging, no crap. Just reality. It still engages me now. Look at his eyes. What is he thinking? He’s aching. He is full on aching.

How can I help them more, how can I help them more, how can I help them more…

Please give if you can or pass it on to someone else. That’s giving too.

All proceeds to charity.


G’day all, my name is Melinda but my mates call me Mel, so feel free. I live by the beach in Elwood, Victoria, Australia. I contribute to a few charities as a Photojournalist, namely HEAL Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Any of my Africa stuff’s profits go to them. So far the sales have bought 7 operations and heaps more so thanks for everyone’s support. I also take a mean beach shot (well try to).

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  • Craig Goldsmith
    Craig Goldsmithover 7 years ago

    Lovely Image Melinda and great the the proceeds are going to Charity.

  • Nicole Goggins
    Nicole Gogginsover 7 years ago

    I have no words for this, other than – it is truly beautiful, both your photo and the child… straight into my basket… thank goodness there are people like you!

  • Mark Higgins
    Mark Higginsover 7 years ago

    Great image
    and those eyes are haunting.

  • Natalie Manuel
    Natalie Manuelover 7 years ago

    Amazing Melinda, one of the best of its type I’ve seen.

  • Moth
    Mothover 7 years ago

    The most powerful images i’ve seen for ages.
    Simply stunning.

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 7 years ago

    Lovely shot, Melinda.

  • Melisah
    Melisahover 7 years ago

    Wow. Melinda your work is inspirational. Im currently doing a series of drawings and paintings on social and political issues in third world countries, I could only hope that they might come anywhere near the level of power your images have. Just beautiful, all of them.

  • helene
    heleneover 7 years ago

    Very powerful Melinda.

  • Anselmo Pelembe
    Anselmo Pelembeover 7 years ago

    fantastic picture

  • rhonda reed
    rhonda reedover 7 years ago

    This shot tells a sad story. It is a lovely piece.

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