Humans of New York
Humans of New York
04/26/2017 at 20:15. Facebook
"We're talking about how important it is to take a shower every day."

(Lima, Peru)
"We're talking about how important it is to take a shower every day"
Daniel Sanchez Torres
Krizha Plaza
Melissa Howard
Humans of New York
Humans of New York
04/25/2017 at 23:35. Facebook
“My mission is to get them interested in Star Wars. My only chance is to get the big one hooked first because that’s how my kids work. I pitched Princess Leia as the most important character. I might have told a little lie and said that she was the princess of the entire galaxy. We had our first attempt the other day. I got whiplash checking to see if they were still awake, and I lost...
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My mission is to get them interested in Star Wars My only
Cristina Fyfe
Melissa Bee
Crystal Skeel
Humans of New York
Humans of New York
04/23/2017 at 23:50. Facebook
“I’m starting from nothing. I lost everything back in Venezuela. I had my own natural soap factory but the crisis made it impossible to get ingredients. Then the government began to take 70% of my earnings. I had to close it down. Things got so bad that I couldn’t even find food for my baby. I had a little money, but there was nowhere to buy food. I’d wait in line all day for one bag of...
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Im starting from nothing I lost everything back in Venezuela I had
Amy Lavallee
Tessa Pelger
Jennifer Conkwright
“I didn’t even start gambling until I was 43. I thought I was mature, but I was as vulnerable as a child. I started going to the casino once or twice on the weekends. It was a social thing. I’d just play cards with my friends. But I had good luck in the beginning. I started to win. And I started to love it. I couldn’t wait for the weekend. Soon I started to go during the week. I’d...
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I didnt even start gambling until I was 43 I thought I
Kori Barber
Stacie Gonda
Safdar Abbas
“Sometimes I’d start crying in class for no reason. Then when I got home from school, I’d just go straight to my room. I couldn’t even talk to my mom about it because I’d just start crying. People would tell me: ‘Just get up, exercise, and take a walk.’ But none of that helped. Things got so bad that even the school was watching me. I started bawling during a chemistry exam and I ended...
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Sometimes Id start crying in class for no reason Then when I
Olivia Wolniak
Stephanie Jacques
Amanda Peltz
“I think I’m obsessed with the idea of finding a girlfriend. I think about it all the time. I really want to know what it feels like. I’m twenty-four. I’ve never been in a relationship. I’m terrified by the idea of being alone. And I think that this desperation comes out in my energy. The last girl I dated told me that I just needed to ‘let it flow,’ and ‘see what happens.’ But I don’t...
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I think Im obsessed with the idea of finding a girlfriend I
Lynne Didsbury
Debdutta Nandi
Lex Finn
(3/3) “The night I deserted was the most frightening moment of my life. The guerrillas would have killed me if I’d been discovered. I ran away in the middle of the night. I found a road and hitched a ride with an oil truck from Ecuador. I tried to cross the border but the army arrested me. I thought for sure I would be executed. But they gave me the chance to demobilize. The first thing...
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33 The night I deserted was the most frightening moment of my
Sara Echeverry
Siobhan O'Farrell
Abby Brady
(2/3) “I was the youngest one in the camp. I felt very happy at first. I didn’t have to cook anymore. I was having new experiences. The guerrillas taught me rules. They taught me how to use weapons. They told me that we were fighting for the poor. All of it sounded very good. But then basic training began and it was very difficult. I started to miss my family. My father’s birthday...
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23 I was the youngest one in the camp I felt very
Heather Grow
Charlie Mullins
Andrea Vizzi
(1/3) “I knew nothing about the guerrillas before I joined them. The only thing I knew was that they lived better than me. I grew up on a farm in a rural area. We were very poor. My mother abandoned our family so I had to take care of my younger siblings. My father was a good man, but he didn’t give me any liberties. He didn’t let me go to town. He didn’t let me go to school. He didn’t...
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13 I knew nothing about the guerrillas before I joined them The
Rachel Johnson
Erin Kuchinsky
Asad Khan
“We’ve been at war in this country for over fifty years. There have been hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of victims. So a lot of people don’t like the work that I do. I manage a reintegration program for ex-combatants. I’m trying to take away the main tool of war-- human beings. We can’t punish everyone who fought against us. We can’t jail them all. That will only divide us...
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Weve been at war in this country for over fifty years There
Eliot Scharnau
Kim Fowler
Kelly Rodriguez
“I’m unemployed right now, but it’s my own decision. I’m trying to rethink my life. I’ve been a biology teacher for the past seven years. I’d wake up at 5:30 AM every day and wouldn’t get home until after 5 PM. Then I’d spend the evening preparing lessons or grading exams. Teaching was beautiful but I didn’t like the philosophy of the school. The focus was on being as productive as...
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Im unemployed right now but its my own decision Im trying to
Alex Webb
Akshina Gupta
Sara Sabzi
“My father never valued my mother. She did everything for him. She worked all day, then she came home to cook dinner. My father just came home to sleep. She’d bring him his food on a tray. Everything had to be perfect: right colors, right napkins, everything. But he’d still call her names. He’d get drunk and yell at her for nothing. My mother was submissive and accepted it all. She’d...
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My father never valued my mother She did everything for him She
Amy Elizabeth
Andie Davis
Heather Goodlett
“I’m really bothered by people using cocaine. I get angry when I see people doing it for fun. So many horrible things have happened in my country just so people can have ‘fun.’ Cocaine was the motor behind the war in Colombia. It financed the drug lords, the paramilitary, and the guerillas. It paid for the bombs, and the guns, and the kidnappings. It corrupted our government. It ruined...
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Im really bothered by people using cocaine I get angry when I
Virginia Davis Wyeth
Aníbal G Aquino
Reitumetse Tumi Sefo
“My mother abandoned me as an infant. My father left when I was seven, and a year later I began working as a maid. My earliest memories are cooking and cleaning. When I turned seventeen, I got a job on a construction site. I met a much older man there. I thought he was very handsome. And he was so nice to me. He’d bring me flowers, and apples, and oranges. If anyone was aggressive...
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My mother abandoned me as an infant My father left when I
Leanne Atley
Jean Carlo Pacheco
Marie Shelly
“My sister was murdered when I was twelve years old. Her husband killed her because of jealousy. After that it was just me and my mom. I stopped studying. I became the black sheep of the family. I left the house and went my own way. There was a gang in the neighborhood. They gave me a place to live. They gave me work. They gave me marijuana and cocaine. I was always high. My job was...
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My sister was murdered when I was twelve years old Her husband
Siobhan Robinson
Amy-Elizabeth Bates
Miranda Miller
“We've been dating for a year and a half. It’s been a wonderful relationship but recently it’s changed a lot. I feel like I’m the one holding it together. I’m the one that calls. I’m the one that texts. We used to talk every day, but now she’s not even trying. Maybe she just feels smothered. Maybe she’s testing to see if I’ll stick around. I just don’t know. I can’t decipher what she...
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Weve been dating for a year and a half Its been a
Alexis Wendell
Kylie Fawcett
Morgan Rankin
“I gave the last nine years of my life to my job. It was all I did. My work made me feel ‘needed.’ I was an accountant and I could do things that nobody else could do. My bosses kept telling me how important I was to the company. But one day they asked me to ‘touch up’ some numbers to make them look better. And I realized I was giving them way more of my time than they deserved—so I...
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I gave the last nine years of my life to my job
Ramulus Habibi
Barbara Robertson Brown
Mia Duncans
“I didn’t even really like animals. But my daughter said she wanted a pet. So I brought home this kitten, and told my daughter: ‘It’s your responsibility. I’m not going to get involved.’ But now the kitten loves me more than the girl. I call him JJ. He’s always the first one to greet me when I come home. When I leave for work, he lays on my flip-flops by the door. He always wants to be...
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I didnt even really like animals But my daughter said she wanted
Jenn Pothoven
Emily Hagan
Emma Murphy
“It was a slip. The first thing I thought about was an abortion. I was only fifteen at the time. But after getting my ear chewed off, and all of the bitching, and all of the scolding, I decided to take responsibility. My daughter is three now. I’ve had to give up so much. I can’t go to university. I can’t go out, or go on trips. Now my life is nothing but a routine. I’m a slave to...
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It was a slip The first thing I thought about was an
Asha Seles
Tori Saylor
Cynthia Gómez
“There was a lot of sickness in my house. My wife has heart problems and is connected to oxygen. I was drinking a lot. Everyone kept to themselves and stayed in their rooms. But one day I had a prophecy in the church that I would have a very big happiness. The prophecy said that someone was going to come and fill all the voids of my home. A few weeks later my daughter was pregnant. And...
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There was a lot of sickness in my house My wife has
Jordan Stong
Annette Redican
Denise Smith-Dreyer