The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, that exposed thousands of children to lead-tainted water and contributed to countless other maladies is finally receiving the national attention it deserves.
But even with the impoverished city in the limelight, it is easy to overlook the individual struggles -- and triumphs -- of the city’s roughly 100,000 residents.
A new photo essay by Wayne Lawrence in National Geographic tries to change that. Lawrence introduces us to the people of Flint so we can see and hear what it means for them to haul cases of bottled water through the snow so they can meet their basic needs.
“Everyday tasks like bathing, tooth brushing, and cooking have become difficult chores as the threat of lead poisoning and other maladies looms in the tap water,” the National Geographic’s Lawrence writes. “These photos show the people behind the crisis; the people who can no longer trust the water that flows into their homes.”
Take a look at a few of the moving images Lawrence captured: