Archie, beside Ofir, is a former child soldier who was abducted at nine into a rebel army. Archie told Ofir that he has two hearts, a good heart and a bad heart. The boy with dreadlocks sold marijuana to Archie’s foster father while Ofir was at the house in Monrovia.
Three years into the reign of Charles Taylor, there is no running water in the entire country of Liberia, which makes doing laundry an arduous task. The women first fetch water from a well, then clean the clothes by hand, and in the process turn doing laundry into a social activity.
Archie saw his family killed through a crack in a door. He was abducted into a rebel army at the age of nine and forced to commit atrocities and to laugh when he did. This photograph was taken when he was fourteen, after the war had ended and he was living with a foster family in Monrovia.
The country of Liberia was without electricity and running water for years under Charles Taylor, forcing people like this girl to bathe however they could. Ofir risked arrest in the capital by taking photographs.