Titibai and her husband Terra Manjhi are Adivasis from Kadraja Mainpat village of Surguja district, Chhattisgarh. Like others from their village, they collect mahua, tendu leaves and other forest produce for subsistence. Herds of elephants live in these forests, and the animals and villagers often find themselves in close encounters. Sometimes, the elephants rampage through the village, destroying houses and crops, and even killing people and livestock – villagers then turn to the help centres set up by the forest department.
From the forests of Surguja