For the New York Times, Christopher Lee of the VII Mentor Program photographed the story of Heydi Gámez García, a 13-year-old from Honduras, who waited for her father to join her in the United States. But he was repeatedly stopped at the border. He came too late.
“’As a parent, you don’t have any hopes or dreams for yourself, all your dreams are for your kids,’ he said. ‘All my dreams are in her heart. All of them are gone with her.’ On Thursday, Mr. Gámez plans to take Heydi off life support. They will have spent her last four days alive, together.”
In the last six months, National Geographic has published hundreds of photographs in print and online. Click here to see their photo editors’ favorites, including photo #33 by VII’s Nichole Sobecki.
In the Central African Republic, which ranks next to last in the world on quality of life indicators, a peace accord allows a pediatrician and his trainees to build a future. See Ashley Gilbertson’s photos for this New York Times story here.
New technology, treatment and education aid the fight in the Democratic Republic of Congo against the deadly disease. See Nichole Sobecki’s photos for this National Geographic story here.