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Jessica Nolte Sao Paulo, Brazil

Underground Living
Project info

Ukraine has suffered an economic downturn and a change in values since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. For this reason, many people have been forced to seek a livelihood in the streets.

Today in Odessa, an estimated 11,000 people are homeless. Among them are young people who live hidden in the underground city, and engage in illicit actions and high drug use.

This combination makes the country have one of the world’s fastest growing HIV epidemics. Every day, 57 new cases of HIV positive are discovered. Only in the city of Odessa, there are more people with HIV than in all of Germany. 1 in every 4 children are contaminated.