Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Seeking Refuge, Forced into Rubbish

7 Jan 2013

MAE SOT, Thailand—Near this tidy town in north Thailand, children gather 
on towering mounds of garbage at a dump—sorting through plastic, glass 
and garments as flies buzz around their knees. It’s nearly 3 am and the children, 
undocumented migrant workers from neighboring Burma, have been working 
for about 13 hours to help their families collect trash, which they will sell for 
about 4 baht (12 cents) per kilogram to a nearby factory. They live here at the dump, 
and in a full day’s work they’ll be lucky to earn about 90 cents.

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