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Sitara (aged 35, 2nd from left), sits with her 7 children (5 daughters & 2 sons) as she breastfeeds her 8 month old baby girl in a village in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. "I wish that I could stop getting pregnant but our religion says that children are a gift of God." Sitara is an illiterate muslim lady whose husband works as a vegetable vendor in the local village market. They have resisted all advises of permanent sterilization from the local village-level health workers. Children from left to right : Roshni (10), Tamanna (8 months), Chandni (14), Sufia (8), Asif (3), Ajman (5), and Rani (7). Photo by Suzanne Lee / Panos London