This was a particularly difficult and heart-breaking story for me to photograph. Dita spends her days writhing in apparent distress on a bamboo mat, largely paralyzed. Throughout the gold-mining regions of Indonesia, children have been born with birth defects and also fallen ill, as Dita did. Medical experts suspect acute mercury poisoning.
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is featuring this story on its website: http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/indonesia-uncommon-disease-ditas-world