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Gloriann Liu: 2016 Finalist

Zarghona, In Her Own Words depicts the story of Zarghona, a mother of six and a true survivor. Her youngest son lost the use of his legs after a rocket exploded near him, and now she is his primary caregiver. While most of her children are married now, they still rely on her strength and endurance.

Zarghona was sold into marriage at the age of ten to a widower forty years her senior. She had her first child at the age of fourteen, which means she has spent most of her life taking care of other people. Yet, you wouldn’t know it by talking to her. She has no self-pity because she doesn’t know any other kind of life. Every day means survival and finding food for her family.

I have been so touched by Zarghona and her life that I invited her to edit my photographs with me. I wanted the captions to be in her words because I feel I could never capture her spirit in my words alone. —Gloriann Liu


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