Igor and Josele are originally from the Congo, having both fled due to the war and violence ever present in their home country. Josele was pregnant when this photo was taken in early January, 2017. She has since given birth to a baby girl.
The family of three is in Istanbul. Though Igor originally held a job at a factory, the management would not pay him consistently (or at all) and he decided to stop going. The family needs assistance with paying for their newborn’s needs and formula, rent, bills and clothing.
When asked what they would do with a large sum of money should they receive it, Igor and Josele said, “We would make sure to take care of the baby’s future because he is our life and our only hope. We already lost our chance at a beautiful life, but we want to take care of her and make sure she has a beautiful life. We want her to be happy.”