Rohingya child labor in Myanmar.

Not easy to spend time again with a kid that has a horrible life of hard labor and that a foreigner with a camera will not make much difference in his dark future. Anwar Sardad, with only 10, inspired and impressed me with his strength, commitment to his family and his dignity. Instead of going to school, learning and playing with other children his life is about collecting stones from a river and carrying them on heavy buckets up on a hill. All day long. Can not avoid to feel a heavy weight on my heart when despite his life of a grown up looks with children eyes and say: ”I hate carrying stones. I feel pain all over my body. I just want to learn and go to school.”




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MAUNGDAW, Myanmar (AP) — The 10-year-old struggles up the hill, carrying buckets filled with rocks. Though he tries to keep a brave face in front of his friends, his eyes brim with tears. Every inch of his body aches, he says, and he feels sick and dizzy from the weight.

“I hate it,” whispers Anwar Sardad. He has to help support his family, but he wishes there was a way other than working for the government construction agency.

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