The ray of light peeking through the crack creates a blinding effect on the subject. The light is so bright that it blinds her vision, covering her eyes in the photo. The black and white filter makes the ray of light even more bright.
This child has nothing, including not even enough food, but the child is offering a sucker to the camera person. This has got to be one of the most heart warming photos I've ever seen ♥ Photo by Emil Leonardi - Sierra Leone,