This is Maria

This is Maria
This is Maria

I saw Maria sitting on the steps of a church near the Federal City Shelter on E Street in Washington, DC. I thought she was quietly talking to herself but as it turned out she was praying. She explained to me in halting English that she was a political prisoner who had fled Argentina and was praying for her family who were left behind. She was hoping that the church would help her in some way but thus far they don’t believe her story. Maria has a confusing and convoluted story about the CIA, the FBI and her fleeing Argentina. The only thing that seems clear is that she is homeless and has been staying in shelters at night and roaming the streets during the day. She did allow me this photograph in exchange for a bottle of water and a food voucher. Maria does not panhandle so she tends to recede into the background of the city streets making her all the more invisible.

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