Alison Wright@alisonwrightphoto

Photographer, author, humanitarian, speaker. Travels globally documenting indigenous cultures, women at work, issues concerning the human condition.

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This #Karen #Burmese #migrant #mother, now living in #Phuket, #Thailand, saved her money and sent her five-year-old daughter back to her #Burma to live. She thought she would have a better life with her grandparents rather than living in a #slum with no schooling. This sweet little girl drowned in a lake five days after she arrived back in her home country. It is estimated that over two million #Burmese refugees live in Thailand, with a high percentage living on the popular island of Phuket. Behind the expensive hotels and beaches packed with tourists hides a large community of Burmese migrants trying to carve out a living in the fishing industry while living in the filthy slum of #Rashada Pier. These Burmese have fled the oppressive militant government of their country and are illegally smuggled over the northern Thai/Burma border by Thai traffickers with the promise of a better life. Many Burmese arrive without proper documentation or have their passports and identity cards stolen and sold by the trafficker. With no identification these migrants are unable to return to Burma. They are bound to their landlords and bosses and are often victims of police bribes. Because of the poor Thai/Burmese relations and loss of identity these migrants are not technically allowed refugee status. This leaves them with no rights to schooling for their children or healthcare for their families. They are forced to live in limbo without a country. #refugees #Myanmar #humantribe


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Much has been documented of the #Burmese Rohingya #refugees, myself included, but there are other #Burmese suffering as well. This #Karen #Burmese #migrant woman hired a mule to bring her and her children over the Thai/Burmese border but he took her money and deserted them, #Phuket, #Thailand. She is now raising eight children in the Burmese #camp with no opportunity for them to have healthcare or education. She realizes that she has no way that she will ever make it back to her native #country. It is estimated that over two million Burmese refugees live in Thailand, with a high percentage living on the popular island of #Phuket. Behind the expensive hotels and beaches packed with tourists hides a large community of Burmese migrants trying to carve out a living in the fishing industry while living in the filthy slum of #Rashada Pier. These Burmese have fled the oppressive militant government of their country and are illegally smuggled over the northern Thai/Burma border by Thai traffickers with the promise of a better life. Many Burmese arrive without proper documentation or have their passports and identity cards stolen and sold by the trafficker. With no identification these migrants are unable to return to Burma. They are bound to their landlords and bosses and are often victims of police bribes. Because of the poor Thai/Burmese relations and loss of identity these migrants are not technically allowed refugee status. This leaves them with no rights to schooling for their children or healthcare for their families. They are forced to live in limbo without a country. #woman #child #humantribe #refugee #mother @natgeocreative


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I was so impressed with the Women in the World speakers at Lincoln Center, #NYC this weekend. Google the event and listen to the stories of these remarkable #women who truly #inspire. Women like Medeleine Habib who is the boat captain for #Humanitarian #Maritime Coordination rescuing boatloads of #refugees from the #Mediterranean seas. #womenintheworld @womenintheworld


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Nicaragua, Central America. Juana, at 76-years-old, has been selling goods in this local #market in #Maysa #Granada for 40 years. Here she carries #cocoa and #calabash seed in the #bucket on her head all day. She's married with eight children and helps support her husband, 90, who has high blood pressure and can no longer work. #Maysa #Woman #women #womenatwork #womenworking #Nicaragua #CentralAmerica #metoo #ustoo


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My latest #photography #book of #global #portraits, “Human Tribe” meets “Tribe” by the fearless and awe-inspiring Sebastian Junger. His book is an incredible must read! #sebastianjunger #tribe #humantribe


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Now that’s what I call a real #basket case! New York City #subway. #newyork #nyc #musician #humantribe


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More women in #Tunisia that inspire me. Hedia is the owner of #Marn-Tex #Textile #garment #factory, a supplier to #Benetton clothing in #Tunisia. She obviously cares deeply about her 120 #employees. There are mostly #women #working here, badly in need of #jobs in this low-income area, in a country that has become a gateway for #ISIS recruitments. She has also hired about fourteen #workers with #disabilities, and a few that are #deaf. She even went overseas for a year to study #sign #language so she could #communicate with her #employees. Here she is #signing with Hachim, one of the workers, “For seven years I had a job killing chickens but I didn’t like it. No one wanted to pay me. They said I was stupid because I can’t speak, I can’t hear. And then I got hired here and I’m so grateful. Everyday I thank god.” He gives a Hedia a big smile and teaches me how to sign, “Thank you.” On assignment for @USAID #Arabspring


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Wrapping up #AIPAD #photo NYC with the incredible #Mexican photographer Flor Garduño, who I had the honor to have an exhibit with at the Holden Luntz Gallery in West Palm Beach, where our work is represented. Check out her opening at the Sidney Mishkin Gallery NYC April 19.


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Meeting Jerry #Uelsmann, the great master of #photomontage, at the #AIPAD #photography show in New York City.


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Tunisia is one of the most successful countries to blossom from the Arab Spring movement. Nearly every young #woman I met calls herself an #activist and Marwa is no exception, she serves as a role model for #youth and #women in her low-income #community. I was surprised to find that #women were actually banned from wearing the #hijab before the #uprising and now many choose to wear the #headscarf as their own decision. And why not, it’s a woman’s right to wear whatever she wants, especially when looking so beautiful. On assignment for @USAID. #Tunisia #Arabspring


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This young #woman #works on the #assembly line of the #Leoni Mateur German #car-wiring factory in #Bizerte, #Tunisa. She lives with her parents in a low-income area of #Tunis and rides the bus over an hour every day to get here. Out of the 5000 workers 80 percent are #women as they seem to apply themselves better than men to this specifically focused conveyor belt #factory work. It also helps give #unskilled women #employment opportunities, especially since the decline of tourism in this country. The #pay depends on the #skill but the average #workers makes about 400 Dinar or $200 a month. On assignment for @USAID. #auto #industry #womenworking @natgeocreative


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An enthusiastic #Easter #church service in South Sudan. #southsudan


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