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'It Shouldn't Happen Here': Children from Deprived Area of London Explain What it Means to be Poor (PHOTOS)

Poverty shouldn’t happen anywhere, but sometimes it still happens in the places you least expect it.

“It Shouldn’t Happen Here” is a campaign (which we first saw on Feature Shoot) by renown photographer Spencer Murphy along with the UK’s Save the Children nonprofit organization, which typically works in third-world countries to help save children’s lives and fight for their rights.

In this case, however, Murphy teamed up with Save the Children to photograph kids from a “deprived” area of London “to create a picture of what those children . . . thought about poverty.” From no shoes to no education and even no family — their take on those who have it worse than them was bleak.

These are some of the photos from the series “This Kind of Poverty,” along with the kids’ words on the topic:

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    This Kind of Poverty
  • Amira, 8 2 of 11
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    "Lights, toaster, kettle, oven, fridge, microwave, tv these are the things I wouldn't have if I didn't have electricity. I feel lucky that we have enough money to pay for electricity because we can enjoy stuff more than when we don't."

  • Jaden, 9 3 of 11
    This kind of poverty

    "Not having toys, no shoes."

  • Billy, 13 4 of 11
    This Kind of Poverty

    "I feel special due to the fact that their are many children who can't afford to get the basic things to live, like food, clothes and education."

  • Jack, 12 5 of 11
    This Kind of Poverty

    "No education, no money for school, no money for bus."

  • Liam, 11 6 of 11
    This Kind of Poverty

    "Can't buy clothes, can't buy food, can't buy footwear, can't buy house, can't buy motors, can't buy cleaning stuff like bleach, toothpaste, toothbrush."

  • Claire, 16 7 of 11
    This Kind of Poverty

    "Not being able to have anything."

  • Shaya, 16 8 of 11
    This Kind of Poverty

    "I think it's not fair for the children who don't have the things they need because there are a lot of children who have more than what they need but some people don't have some of the most important stuff."

  • Sydnee, 12 9 of 11
    This Kind of Poverty

    "The way I realise that someone may not have as much money as others is by the toys that they have or they might not even have toys. Also by the clothes they wear, or if their shoes or coat etc may not fit them and it may be a bit dirty and ratty. If their hair was dirty or knotty they may not have money to buy cleaning supplies for the body and for the house, or a hairbrush."

  • Zakariah, 9 10 of 11
    This Kind of Poverty

    "A family, a pet and food. I would be sad if I didn't have these."

  • Adam, 13 11 of 11
    This Kind of Poverty

    "I feel special due to the fact that their are many children who can't afford to get the basic things to live, like food, clothes and education."

 

All photos used with permission from Spencer Murphy and Save the Children

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