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A Childhood Spent Scavenging (Burma)


Society & Culture  (tags: Burma/Myanmar, Child Labor, Poverty )

Ben
- 3306 days ago - irrawaddy.org
Twelve-year-old Maung Chan Thar has only known poverty despite having a name that means "master of wealth." His parents gave him the name in the belief that it would bring good fortune to their eldest son...



   

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Joycey B (750)
Friday September 4, 2009, 3:25 am
This is so devastating. Thanks Ben.
 

Karen S (106)
Friday September 4, 2009, 11:47 am
Thanks Ben. How sad is this. Such a sweet child. I wonder how long he takes to become hardened like his father.
 

. (0)
Saturday September 5, 2009, 6:24 am
I think it is so unfair on these children that their parents expect them to be come the bread winners at such a young age.. I hope his life will turn around for the good and that he will have a second chance... Tis so sad that so many children have to live this way..
 

Judy C (91)
Sunday September 6, 2009, 11:37 pm
This child is so resilient that one can hope that his situation will improve. We have it so easy in this country! Thanks, Ben.
 

Vijay Tankha (28)
Monday September 7, 2009, 4:58 am
Has anyone ever paused to think why the US has never strongarmed Burma to get with it? They did it in so many countries, why this reticence with Burma? Could it possibly be that there are no natural resources worth spending taxpayers money on?
Just wondered!!
 

Veronique L (209)
Thursday May 10, 2012, 12:23 pm
Terrible...
 
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