Ladies in Waiting

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Ladies in Waiting - Ethiopia, 2004. This picture was taken on my first trip as a full time photojournalist to Ethiopia in March 2004. I was working with CARE Ethiopia, and this was one of our last stops on an amazing trip to all of their emergency programs in eastern and central Ethiopia. These women were waiting patiently for a food distribution, and you can see they have brought their sacks and will carry them, full and heavy, for miles back to their homes to feed their families. After decades of corruption in the government, Ethiopia has become extremely reliant on foreign aid to feed and support their citizens who often cannot grow enough to food to feed their families on meager land parcels with often-inhospitable soil.