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Damiao

Damião is 16 years old and lost both parents when he was 11. His brother went to live with his step–mother, and he went to live with his paternal grandmother, uncle and two cousins. His family on his mother’s side does not visit him. Damião survives through the support of his family, Reencontro, and his “special Auntie” Arita (his dad’s sister), who gives him clothes, books and some school money. At school his favorite subjects are biology and Mozambican history. He would like to be a doctor.

Damião wanted to participate in The House Is Small because he wants the world to see how he lives. He wants to share his life, express how he sees things, and let the world know that there are a lot of special young people suffering in his life. He wants to encourage people to help in any way they can.


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His bravery is visible in the light he emits with that wonderful smile. Thank you for sharing.
Rai
Indianapolis IN
Posted Tuesday, June 10, 2008 5:41PM

Damiao: Great photos! I dream that all of the kids I'm seeing in the work on this website will one day have a house like Antonio's family. /ejs
elise atearthlinkdotnet
Memphis TN
Posted Thursday, August 09, 2007 10:57AM

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At the open-air market
Damiao

Four rooms
Damiao

Antonio at home
Damiao

The window
Damiao

Venice Arts mentors visit the neighborhood
Damiao

Clothes shop
Damiao

Portrait work
Damiao

Portrait work
Damiao

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Photo review
Tomas Cumbana

Friends
Joaquim

Buds
Carlos Litulo

Damiao and his family
Antonio Augustin

Damiao
Antonio Augustin

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Russell Baer

Portrait work
Saquina

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When my parents died some neighbors and family abandoned us, although some are still supportive, but it is different than before. Now, my family will say hello in the street, but they will not come into our home. I asked my Uncle, why doesn’t anyone visit us? Why won’t people visit?
Inocencia
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