Friday, October 31, 2008

Correction Center

In the past week, I was out of Ukraine to get my old slow laptop stored in Romania because my laptop was broken... It's fixed now, but this is a drawback living away from the States or maybe Japan. Laptop is expensive here. I ended up having it repaired in Kiev, but it still takes 8-10 hours to get to Kiev by Train. To Bucharest, it took 30 hours from Kiev. Train is cheap, but it was a long trip... Ukraine is a big country,
Here is a photo from a correction center for drug addicts and alcoholics. It's fonded by the U.S. Church. They study Christianity and live there to get out of their addiction.

Friday, October 17, 2008


He is a 0 year old. His mother is a HIV-infected, but it is unchear whehther he has HIV. Even if a mother has HIV, many new-born children could be born without HIV. But, breast milk would easily tramsmit HIV. However, many poor pregnant mothers go to hospital in the very last minute, and they can't really test their children.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Ira & Vania

I thought it's a bit confusing to put this picture for the last post, but after I looked at it again and heard others' opinions, I feel this one is better. Anyway, life is very unstable and complicated for them. Sasha's common-law wife Ira is waiting for time to give birth with her first son Vania at home without electricity.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sasha (Con) is Gone Again

Sasha is back to prison. When I came back to photograph, he was already gone. It was a bit complicated why it happened, but he is now behind the bar again before his wife gives birth. These are pictures shot while he was enjoying the freedom for a little while. His wife is left with her first son in her mother's apartment where they don't have electricity.

Saturday, October 4, 2008


This is a drug addict Sidik's finger. He cut it by himself when his blood circulation had a problem due to overdose.