The Children of Yangon

The children on the streets of Yangon are just like children everywhere–they run, they play, they laugh, and they love–except that so many of them suffer and struggle as no one should have to do–they’re often hungry, their clothes are often torn and stained, and many are fatherless. In these photos, you’ll see what we see when we look beneath their poverty: irrepressible joy bubbling into their expressions. Some are wearing Thanaka, a sandalwood product, on their faces to protect themselves from the sun–and also to make themselves more attractive to foreigners when they’re begging or selling their goods.

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