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I've been never hungry in my life without knowing that there will be enough food available in next few hours. Yet hungry people are this world reality. The picture was taken in the midst of endless sugar cane plantations in El Seibo region of East Dominican Republic in a region where air-conditioned tourist busses never protrude. Roads? 16 km in 2 hours, four-wheel drive. Social conditions - slavery. There is were I was desperately begged not for money but for food - "comida buona". Money has no value. One can not spend it. It is impossible to drink more than too much disgusting sugar-cane rum. The business is running on illegal Haitian workers, people who work 10 hours a day hungry, having no documents, no rights of any kind, and no chance to leave the social bottom. They live in wooden barracks, mud and dirt on the floor, about 3 square meters per person. They drink, cook, wash, and defecate into the same irrigation channels laden with dirt and chemicals which are inevitable in such a mono-culture plantations. The hunger in this country is of an unusual form. There are abundant eatable fruits everywhere in the woods, also one can suck tons of sugar cane raw if he wants, so it is hard to starve to death. But "comida buona" is very scarce. I was told that these people get food like bread, potatoes, vegetables just once or twice per week, meat and milk not even be though off. I was like paralyzed and unable to take pictures but a few. Anyhow, a huge armed man quickly and resolutely showed me that taking pictures in this place is not considered as an appropriate behavior.

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