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Women behind the lens: ‘She was about to make an arduous journey, with a child, in a pandemic’

Samyukta Lakshmi recalls the first chaotic weeks of India’s Covid lockdown – and the woman and child at the front of the queue for a train out of Bengaluru

The Covid-19 lockdown in India was announced on 25 March 2020 with only 4 hours’ notice, leaving the country in a state of frenzy.

Faced with dwindling savings due to unemployment during the lockdown, millions of migrant workers made the decision to return to their home towns from cities across India, sparking the country’s biggest exodus since partition.

Samyukta Lakshmi is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Bengaluru, India. Her work focuses on vulnerable communities, social inequality, the human spirit, resilience and climate change

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