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The Plight of Asian Transnational Mothers in UAE : Mothering from Distance

Vidhyaa c | United Arab Emirates

It's hard to be father and mother but thanks to God managed and I will endure more to his help so proud of you daughter ! states in Elsa’s social status.
Elsa from Philippines, mother of six children, single mother and sole breadwinner of the family. Children themselves taking care of each other.She lost her job recently and accepted offer for a lower salary. This picture shows that mother Elsa using social media to raise their children from afar but a virtual presence enabled by technology is hardly a substitute for the intimacy of physical closeness.

“The Plight of Asian Transnational Mothers in UAE: Mothering from a Distance”(Ongoing)

which is about motherhood and childhood separation. These Mothers from Philippines India, Nepal, Sri-lanka are bread winners who are working in UAE for several years and left behind the children back home to improve life of their children, fulfill basic day to day need of the family, provide an education to the children and repay the debts. Children were taken care of the relatives, fathers or by themselves. These mothers suffer the pain of the separation from their children and hope to fulfill the children dream. Due to the revolutionary changes in the communication these mothers appreciate technology keeping them in touch, but in the reality it is not a substitute for the warmth of a mother’s embrace.

Images often created only after several visits, quite observer and start a slow conversation to develop the story, as this subject is so sensitive slowly focusing and covering daily life and hardship of the subject.

Commissioned Photographer for The National, Abu Dhabi, UAE, completed Diploma in Photography Project in collaboration with Danish Media, World Photo Press and Noor images at Amsterdam which stimulated her to work on documentary projects where her projects to bring feelings into images and always believe photograph motivate and make others to think and react.

My projects mainly focus on women, human rights and identity, I dedicate myself to work on these issue and currently working on Motherhood and Childhood Separation in UAE and Under and Young Girls marriage with Older man in Rohingya Community,Bangaldesh.

Vidhyaa’s acclaim includes:Finalist in Renaissance Photography Competition and Exhibited in Getty Images for Transgender Project 2017,IPA HM for Editorial Series,Performance Award in Humanity Photography Project conducted by UNESCO & China, Black Wall Gallery Oregon Portland, Motiff Collective, Photo Travel Awards,Julia Margret Award- Finalist 2015 in Portrait category,Beyond winning a number of local UAEcompetitions, her deft photographic captures has been appreciated at the Group Photography Exhibition organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism and & Culture and at the Emirates Photography Exhibition, Abu Dhabi.






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