Stories Hidden Within India

The pain people go through to have a perfect life is unthinkable; however, in a country like India and Nepal, having a decent lifestyle is merely impossible. From the beatings to pleading for life, India is considered to be the fourth most dangerous places for women to live. In fact, after sixty-seven years of independence, fifty percent of India is in poverty causing families to sell their daughters off to prostitution. In the novel Sold by Patricia McCormick, narrated by Lakshmi (thirteen year old girl) told her story about being tricked into prostitution. Wanting to escape, Lakshmi couldn't, knowing the fact that she was going to save her family from poverty (false statement). Many of these situations happens in India and many other countries. India has almost one third of the world's poor; as a result, poverty is the main reason for women to be traded as sex slave-- that makes poverty the main reason why girls are being sold. Considering the fact that India’s weather is changeable, it is most likely contributed to the poverty India is experiencing. India has the third largest HIV epidemic in the world. Innocent children born in brothels live in denial about their mother's statuses. Women are often petrified after they are rescued; in other cases, a woman might forever be isolated from the outside world. India faces many issues in today’s society.

The purpose of this magazine is to show how people India go through issues.

In order to get the point out, a magazine is created covering the facts: poverty, weather, sex slavery, kids born in brothels, and the history of Nepal. This magazine includes: a visual artwork can be found showing the different lifestyle between the poor and the wealthy; a Ted-Talk discussing about the weather change is India and Nepal; a poem attached to a piece of art representing a girl sold to prostitution; a poem written to tell how kids live in the brothels; and a documentary talking about the history in Nepal. The magazine will inform about these following topics.

Introduction- Created by the group

Weather in India- Created by Hunter Kell

The Pain of Poverty- Created by Kelly Ly

Sex Slavery- Created by Alina Are'chiga

Children Living in Brothels- Created by Sam Nelson

History of Nepal- Created by Lucas Lumsargis

Bibliography- Created by the group

Weather in India (Video) - By Hunter Kell


-I am here with one of the Native people of India.

-Can you tell me how the Himalaya Mountains affectIndia?

-Indian responds

-That is very true. The Himalayas play an important role in lending a sub-tropical touch to the climate of India. The lofty Himalayan Mountains form a barrier which effects the climate of India. It also traps the Monsoon winds, forcing them to shed their moisture within the sub-continent.

This causes the monsoons which destroys the crops.

How vital are the crops to you guys?

-Indian native talks about how it affects them

Geographical Limits Western Disturbances: The low pressure systems that originate over the eastern Mediterranean region in winter and move eastwards towards India passing over Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan are responsible for the winter rain in northern India. Causing crops to be destroyed. What are your thoughts on this?

-Indian native speaks the truth

Conditions in the Regions Surrounding India: Temperature and pressure conditions in East Africa, Iran, Central Asia and Tibet determine the strength of the monsoons and the occasional dry spells. For example, high temperatures in East Africa may draw the monsoon winds from the Indian Ocean into that region thus, causing a dry spell.

Noes most of your income come from crops and plants?

-Native responds

How will this affect your children in the future?

-Native responds

If you had the chance to move to a safer place, would you do it?

-Native responds

-I tell the Indian to leave and I say a closing fact and end it.

Jet Streams: Air currents in the upper layers of the atmosphere known as jet steams could determine the arrival of the monsoons and departure of the monsoons. The Scientists are studying the jet streams and how it may affect the climate of India but much remains to be learned about this phenomena.

The most rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours is 182.5 centimetres (71.9 inches) in Foc-Foc, La Réunion, during tropical cyclone Denise on January 8, 1966.

The Pain of Poverty (Artwork) - By Kelly Ly

Half Artwork Explanation

Half, is a piece of art that was created to represent the poverty in India. The artwork compares the poverty in India to places like the U.S that doesn't have poverty.

First, starting with the name, the art is named Half because the world is split into two categories: poverty and the non-poverty. The two words on the artwork: invisible and visible represent the people. We as human think about what is in front of us wealth and a luxurious life (visible); however, we often do not think about the other side of the world who faces hunger, lack of opportunity, lack of hope, and lack of shelter (invisible). The red string attached to the wood represents the blood of men, women, and children who died and suffer in India.


Next, the pictures represent the difference between two categories. The first two pictures show a kid suffering from malnutrition. The only difference is a doctor is treating the problem, on the other hand, the child on the left is left dying because no one can afford a physician. Not only does 13.5% of children die because of malnutrition, 98,000 people die from diarrhea a year in India according to The Borgen Project. With no money, no one can afford the most cheapest Doctor. In India the life expectancy of a person in only thirty years old.

Sick child

The second pair of pictures is with a kid; one is in school and the other one is working. In India, child labor is a common thing. Instead of going to school, children are forced to work to support their families; causing the poverty to worsen states Ritika, Katyal.

Young girl out working

The final two pictures display two areas. The house on the left is ragged and run down. The house is made by hand from woods and haystack. It has no bathroom or running water. Dario, B. states that almost 50% of India's population do not have shelter. India cannot develop because of the high poverty rate. Poverty's aftermath: ruin families, suffer, blood, sweat, and tears.

Man forced to live on the streets
Sex Slavery (Artwork) - By Alina Are'chiga

Living a Nightmare

The painting Livng a Nightmare, expresses the horrifying stories of the young girls that are forced into sex slavery.

Living in a Nightmare

To better understand, I'll explain what it all means by starting with the background. The title of the artwork is only a hidden text to make the artwork pop a little with color. Many mixes of brown were used to create the setting of an old shelf. This is suppose to express the poor living environment-- india- where many are in debt and are forced into labor to pay it off. The background is mostly suppose to give a deep feeling of sadness.

Then there is what's inside the jar. It's an innocent little girl who's trapped and put away until bought for labor. This is suppose to represent the feeling of being held captive when sold by their family to pay off their debt. Also represents a little on how they're treated.

Last but not least, there's a label and number on the jar. The number represents the number of girls held captive and being sold so far. Then there's the label where information is on about the girl and the price her agent is willing to sell her for. The dark colors are mostly suppose to give a dark tone overall.

In general, one can see that girls in sex slavery are miserable and aren't treated with any rights.

Children Living in Brothels (Poem) - By Sam Nelson


Blurred noises

Reaching for nothing

On edge

Throwing away dreams

Helpless sadness

Expecting fate

Losing hope

Searching for a way out out

Girl who suffered

Real Thoughts

I am having a doubt,

We are never getting out.

Enough is Enough

My hatred begins to sprout,

Hear my weakened voice shout!

A Night’s Work

As days turns to night

Men come up stairs

If my ama refuses they fight

They yell like bears

When they become filled with delight

They will go like ghost of the night

The Actions of a Honest Child

We come and go

Emotions we don’t show

We try to play dumb

I believe they aren’t scum

My ama is not a bum.

A Child’s Future

We are the children

Whose future is unknown but

Is still brightly shown

Conscious of a Young Mind

Shall my ama is to refuse the men then

She is to be beaten with a great force

My ama follows the orders given

To me I think they feel no remorse

They do not stop until they reach pleasure

I may be young and small but I know all

They never get the hints and the gestures

I refuse to see the pain on the walls

There will soon be a way out I have hope

For if I lose hope I will lose my mind

If I smile big then my heart won’t mope

If the real world is mean I will be kind

So every night my ama and I pray

I believe soon we will find a way.


We are the kids with cameras

We are the ones born into brothels

Childhood taken by heartless people

Silent we are no more

Although few may stay

The ones who go

Keep with them the feelings

That will not fade

We are the kids with cameras

We are the ones born into brothels

History of Nepal (Documentary) - By Lucas Lumsargis

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