A teenager with jaundiced, bloodshot eyes said she couldn’t remember how long she’d been on the streets, or her age.
She knew her name — Natalia Gonzales — and that she was born in 1997.
“I have nowhere to go,” she said, tears rolling down her cheeks. Softly, she started to sing a hymn, and its call for salvation in the afterlife took on an urgent note.
“God, come save me, extend your hand,” she sang. “Heal my heart, make me live again.”
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Natalia Gonzales, a 15-year-old crack user, poses for a portrait in an area known as ‘Crackland’ in the Manguinhos slum.
World Press Photo 2013 – Contemporary Issues / Honorable Mention