The global award in photography and sustainability

Brent Stirton
Burns Capital Of The World

WEST BENGAL, INDIA: A young girl plays with a kersone flame inside a poor household in rural Bengal. Over six million Indian people suffer from fire burns every year, making India the burns capital of the world. These figures are related to the close proximity of housing in many areas as well as the overwhelming use of an open flame for light, cooking and warmth. Despite these huge numbers, there are very few burns facilities for these victims and many are condemned to a painful, contricted life if they survive at all.

Series: Burns Capital Of The World, 2013