The Constraints Of Poverty


Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer Simon Móricz-Sabján is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From the project ‘The Borsos Family’To see Simon’s body of work, click on any image.





The Borsos family of eight members lives in the village of Csanytelek, Csongrád county, Hungary. The everyday life and problems of the family perfectly reflect the problems of eastern Hungary. The family’s main source of income, in addition to low pay, is the state aid they receive per child, altogether 460 USD per month at the moment.

Their situation below the poverty line is not unique: more than a quarter of the population in Hungary currently lives below the subsistence level and a significant percentage lives in deep poverty, what’s more, regional disparities in the country have steadily increased in recent years.





Mária and József have struggled for years with the upbringing of their 6 children, as well as with the standard unemployment of the area. For a long time they both tried to supplement their monthly income with seasonal work, which was just as erratic as it was unsubstantial. The problems of recent years have however, consumed their relationship and for a year now, Mary has been raising the children alone, also struggling with the problems that come with it.

Nevertheless, Family continues to be able to serve as a true community. Though forced to live with the constraints of poverty, the bond that binds them together is much stronger than everyday worries.





All images and text © Simon Móricz-Sabján



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By Simon Móricz-Sabján





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3 Responses to “The Constraints Of Poverty”

  1. Americaoncoffee

    Homelessness has become a bigger embodiment of poverty.

  2. ourlittleredhouseblog

    I remember as a child when on our bus route to school we picked up some children on the reservation near where we lived. There were homes there that did not have electricity or running water. Driving through resort areas with green golf courses and beautiful modern homes with plumbing and electricity a mile away or closer was so weird to see, it’s still like that. The families on the reservations always seemed happier though and were out living their lives. playing, walking to the little market and visiting with one another. But the areas where the expensive golf courses had homes I never saw people outside their homes. I came to the conclusion that they were working somewhere to pay for that image and lifestyle they needed in order to feel alive, meanwhile across the street where people used cardboard to repair holes in their homes, well, they were out living life and seemed to be happier with whatever the day brought as long as their friends and love ones were near. The poor seem to have more time to be much closer to each other. Beautiful family and beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

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