A project by the photographer Laura El-Tantawy
"Hindu scriptures say a person who commits suicide becomes part of the spirit world, wandering the earth with he/she would have normally died.
Over the past decade, more than 200,000 farmers have committed suicide in India. Many had borrowed money through government lending schemes or private lenders to plant more efficient crops, but could not pay off their debts. Because of the extremely fast transition India has undergone -from a rural to an industrial, urban economy with an open market- farmers have been confronted by immense social and economic problems.[...]"