Youth Interrupted: Myanmar's Underage, Illiterate Workers
by Patrick Winn
Little King can't read or write. Little King can't tell you the name of his country's president.
But he's sturdy enough to balance heavy, spine-bending bundles of cargo atop his skull. Strong enough to tug dinghies loaded with bananas across the Yangon River's mucky banks at low tide.
Down by the docks, where men work like mules, Little King can earn $3 per day. He is a breadwinner, the primary supporter of a woman he adores and her two children.But that woman is his mother. Those children are his sisters. Little King is just a kid.
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