2004 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 2nd prize

Jacob Ehrbahn

Politiken / Jyllands-Posten

01 February, 2003

A street boy shelters in a corner of the Address Identification Center, a state center run by the police department to identify runaways and return them to their homes or orphanages. The breakdown of communist rule in Mongolia following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, led to the first generation of street children. Police estimate that there are over a thousand street children in Ulan Bator. Most of them cannot stay with their families due to problems related to alcohol, violence or abuse and because they cannot adapt to regimented life in orphanages, end up running away. This means that it is often the same children that the police bring to the center again and again.

About the photographer

Jacob Ehrbahn

Jacob Ehrbahn is a Danish photojournalist who has been a staff photographer with the Danish daily national newspaper Politiken since 2003. He has received numerous awards for hi...

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