Emigrating Sri Lanka

About two million Sri Lankans, mainly women, are working as unqualified labour in various countries of the middle east. The woman often work as housemaids, being exposed to the risk of being held in slave-like conditions, being abused, never get paid for their work or even disappear completely.

 The families left behind facing huge social and economical challenges. Some fathers are not capable to assume their familiar responsibilities because they have to work in other parts of the county, they have problems with alcohol or just leave the children on their own to marry other women.

This reportage was done in an assignment for the SDC – Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in the region of Ampara in eastern Sri Lanka.

The work was awarded the Special Prize at the Swiss Photo Awards 2013