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In 2010, the poverty line was a record number of Americans since 1959. TIME edition gave the job photojournalist Joachim Eskildsenu make a report regarding the ongoing crisis, which has now affected some 46 million Americans.

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Eskildsen traveled to New York, California, Louisiana, South Dakota and Georgia for the first time since 1986, arrived in the United States. According to him, poverty no mention in the news that he was looking in Berlin.

"For Europeans, America - some mythical place, is associated with childhood, with Coca-Cola and American culture, the more bitter it was to see people who do not live just in poverty, but having unhealthy living conditions.".

Eskildsena very impressed with the incidence of poverty. "If you start to think about it, you will see - poverty everywhere, but you can live your whole life without even noticing it, until we end up for its feature Many spoke of the disappointment in." American Dream ", which was broken on the American reality" .

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A three-year Eric has two children, their mother and grandparents lived in a trailer in Firebaugh Airport, California. He always goes with her grandmother for a free meal. family income is $ 350 a month.

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Nomadic agricultural workers near the house in Firebaugh Airport, California. Albino (left) and Javier (center), from Mexico arrived in the 1970s.

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The puppy in the village of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, which is called the "dark side" because the street lights do not work and are thriving alcoholism, unemployment and domestic violence.

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Girlfriend Jasmine (6 years) and Amy (8 years) next to the motel to nomadic agricultural workers in the mills, California. Amy's mother earns on the farm $ 8 an hour.

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and Darla (48 years) and Todd Rooks (46 years) - hereditary fishermen of Louisiana. After the oil spill company "British Petroleum" their income on fishing have diminished greatly, and they are forced to live on his boat.

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The seven-year DJ on the boat of their grandparents. Usually the boat is on the water, but once in a few years, it is raised to the shore, to paint and repair. The family is waiting to "British Petroleum" pleaded guilty to deprivation of their livelihood, but so far has not received any compensation. They continue to go to sea and catch fish, but the catch is very poor, and most of the fish poisoned.

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Eli lay in a hammock on a boat with his grandparents. His grandmother Darla says, "I do not need food stamps do not want to be on the content I want to be a successful I want to fish...."

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Thirteen Grass Spirit lives in a family of six people in Thunder Butte in South Dakota. family survived until recently at $ 3, 500 per year. This year, her mother, veteran, has found a permanent job in a medical laboratory, but like everyone here, forced to commute to work is very far away to provide for his family.

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Darlene Rosas 66 years old and she lives in a trailer 40 miles from Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Since 1968, it is because of the injury lost the ability to work. Water she, too, is not in the trailer as well as pipes burst due to frost in 1992. She says that life on the reservation as a dilemma: if you have a job, then you lose your benefits. Live on welfare - become a victim of the system.

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The five-year Mateo Chipps riding a bike after a rain in Cherry Creek, a village an hour's drive from Eagle Butte. His mother is difficult to find a job on the reservation, but it is helping its neighbors and works part-time selling "Indian taco", which is preparing itself.

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Elizabeth (8 years old) and Alina (9 years) Ames - cousins ​​Sethra of Gulf Coast, Louisiana. Alina's father engaged in fishing, and after the incident with the oil, "BP" her mother Kindras became active, demanding compensation for damages. Parents are worried about the health of children and that the children will not be able to continue the family business.

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Marla and Darren Summer of Gretna, Louisiana, were laid off during the crisis. Permanent job Marla could not find a few years, but Darren is looking for and still.

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Felicia Ogbodo (37 years) lost her job of a social worker and is going to file for bankruptcy. Her 18-year-old daughter Ermelayn only entered the University of Chicago and wants to become a forensic psychologist, but also worries because of the need to help my mother. Her father, even though the parents are divorced, and helps her daughter.

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John Moon lives in spartan surroundings in the center of Athens, one of the poorest places of the state of Georgia. Of all the furniture had only a bed, and he recently moved out of the apartment in the blast furnace of the wheels to spare. He lives solely through social assistance and food stamps. "The Lord takes care of me, and I'm in good hands," - he says.

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Kvintavius ​​Scott (5 years) in the bedroom of his great-grandmother Barbara Kelly in Athens, Georgia. His father, Quinton Scott, earning $ 8.25 per hour and goes to school, to get permission for commercial activities. Kvintavius ​​engaged by the federal preschool program for the poor, and his parents even if divorced, with care about its future.

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Jennifer Road and her boyfriend are forced to live under a bridge in New Orleans, because they do not have enough money for rent.

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Pyatidesyatishestiletny veteran Richard London from New Orleans collects cans to earn a living. In the month it comes out to about $ 160. Previously, he used drugs, but now dropped, and tries to establish a life again.

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Dakeyya Johnson and her 4-year-old daughter Zeira on the porch of a house in New Orleans. The family survived Hurricane Katrina, but lost the house, and now Dakeyya with her daughter lives with her mother. Dakeyi I have a diploma, but it works a supernumerary teacher, and receives very little.

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Major Ronald lives under a bridge, in spite of a disability pension.

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The gas station and store alcoholic beverages in Eagle Butte. Alcoholism - one of the main issues on reserves.

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Terry Fitzpatrick and his girlfriend live in a tent in the woods not far from Athens, Georgia, because I do not want to be around other people on the dole.

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Two granddaughter Adele Johnson White Dog sleeping in wheelchair next to the burned-out house on wheels in Eagle Butte. 45-year-old Adele complained of wiring just a week before the fire. As a result, no one was hurt, but the family lost all of their possessions, including the newly purchased computer. Adele, which burns because the wiring is the second trailer, working as a dishwasher.

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Kate, one of the daughters of Adel, inside the burned trailer. Kate threw the father of their children, and lives with his mother. Adele, her two daughters and six grandchildren live in a new, but close house on wheels provided by the Emergency Management Agency. Members of the community have donated money to the family could buy everything you need after a fire. Agency sells cheap Native Americans older mobile home in which to live dangerously, but willing to buy their own homes a little, because buying a home will save them from the benefits and allowances. reservations system has created an associate, which has turned into the exact opposite of what sought to Native Americans, wanting to be self-sufficient and independent nation.

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Some homeless residents of Athens, Georgia, organized the camp under the bridge. Many of the people living there have a regular job, but they do not have enough money for decent housing.

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Alex Velius lives under a bridge in Athens, Georgia. She struggles with the effects of drug addiction and severe childhood and suffers from the loss of their son.

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Frances Mengistu next to the son of his neighbor Mick Taylor in Francy, California. Before the birth of the child, Frances worked as a nurse in the elderly. She and her groom, moonlighting as a car mechanic and a student nurse to receive $ 200 in coupons for food per month. Father Mick for several years unsuccessfully looking for work.

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TJ Shelton, 76-year-old Vietnam veteran, lives in Athens, Georgia, only receives social assistance benefits, despite the fact that the blind.

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Central Valley of California - the land of farmers. As a result of the recent drought here, a host of unemployed farm workers wandering.

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Malik Chipps riding with friends on a bike in Cherry Creek, South Dakota. This eleven year old boy lives with his family in a damp house, and this dampness on his mother's opinion, is a cause of asthma in Malik. Once he almost died because of the attack, because the ambulance must be very long to get to the village. The family is going to move soon.

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Miguel Miranda threw two low-paid work to look after the children while his wife was in the hospital. When his wife was discharged, he again went to work. Children go to school. Family withstood challenges, though even now their income is not more than $ 10, 000 per year.

Ramon Ruelas lived in one of the tent camps Francy, until it was broken up by city authorities.