The Wilson Family, Warren County, North Carolina
Warren County is home to the highest poverty level in North Carolina.
Twenty-eight percent of the population lives below the poverty level. Many
of these families not only live in impovershed conditions, but lack many
everyday necessities like indoor plumbing and running water. Warren County
welfare institutions only provide minimal help.
The Wilson family is a close-knit group of 15 family members living
together in a small, shanty house at the end of a dirt road off Route 17 in
North Carolina. The family members range in age from mid-fifties to six-
months-old. For them, each day is not a part of a bigger whole, but simply
another day gone by. Their situation is static, with little worry of more
despair or hopes of breaking the cycle. Through their hardships, the Wilson
family shows a wealth of dignity that exists in both their moments of
solitude or as they bond together as a family.
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