Entry Title: "Mourning and melancholia in a nomadic camp"
Name: Didier Mayhew , Nepal
Category and Expertise: Photo Essay and Feature Story|Other_ED|Children|Culture|Family|Other_P, Professional
Entry Description: Mourning and melancholia.
In the Kathmandu valley of Nepal, a group of landless families, coming from the Tarai plains, lives in tents on waste ground. They lead a semi-nomadic life, moving from one place to another in search of income. While the men are away working as labourers, the mothers and children live in the tents. Their life is marked by a deep sense of solitude, especially when they face dramatic events, such as the illness or death of their loved ones. For three years, I have accompanied them and tried to depict the silence and fragility of their existence.