Sabrina, Street Performer

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    Meet Sabrina (14), who like many others is a street performer on the KRL Economy Jabotabek commuter train. The commuter train links the city of Bogor and Jakarta.

    Back stage, her real name is Alifah. She lives with her parents in a small town called Cilebut - just half an hour away from Bogor by train.

    "I am supposed to be in junior high," she told me when I ask if she goes to school, and she added quickly "I stop going to school because I need to support my family."

    Her dream is to be a famous pop singer. Although at this moment, she admits that she is comfortable singing on the train. To entertain the passengers, she sings mostly local pop and a few popular dangdut songs .

    Sabrina wears a long Muslim dress and has a fair skin, when I ask her to smile for the camera, she hesitated for a second but then let go.

    She starts early in the morning and earns around $3 before she heads home in the afternoon.

    Gender slurs, verbal assaults, and sexual harassments are something of a commonality for her. She thinks it's the risk although she has no idea why they treat her that way.

    kediwah, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. jongcelebes 78 months ago | reply

      superb pictures, mon. lo jadi idol gua skarang...

    2. kediwah 78 months ago | reply

      Quite powerful. It's really difficult to sum up or find a proper reaction to... but I think her eyes tell quite a bit of things. It's frustrating in that I hate feeling like one is powerless to help out in some useful way but at the same time I know that awareness is better than ignorance.

    3. Sailing "Footprints: Real to Reel" (Ronn ashore) 78 months ago | reply

      Wonderful photo, beautiful "child".

      I try to avoid too much written detail, as after all a photo is worth....etceteras. Although a bit lengthy still, I do appreciate the explanation.

      Well done.

    4. DMahendra 77 months ago | reply

      I'll keep that in mind. thanks.

    5. pongky © 77 months ago | reply

      ^ I like that ther eis a lot of info behind the pics. It is optional to read the entire thing - if the pic suffices, then you dont' have to read it. But for the rest of us, it is fantastic that this girl became a real person. Sad indeed. Bagus black n whitenya mas.

    6. ndnbrunei 73 months ago | reply

      A fine portrait!

    7. naugastyle 71 months ago | reply

      I disagree with Ronn, sorry. I prefer as much written detail as possible. It's a beautiful portrait, but alone it's just another well-composed portrait of a young girl. Flickr is full of those. The background info is everything to me, it's what makes this documentary. I'm glad you took the time to get to know her and share her story.

    8. DMahendra 70 months ago | reply

      Thanks. I would like to hop on the same line again hoping to bump into her. The chances are slim but my limited understanding of street performers are that have 'comfy spots' that make them easier to find.

    9. MisterSimbol 67 months ago | reply

      What a powerful portrait. I saw this on beyondmegapixel's website. Fantastic work.

    10. DMahendra 20 months ago | reply

      thanks for the fave and comments!

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