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We saw scores of children playing on the roadside in Bhutan, while their mothers worked on road construction...They are migrant wokers from India, usually Bengal.

Most of the road construction in Bhutan is done by these workers. A large Construction Company is responsible for virtually all the work in Bhutan. Their population is too small to supply skilled workers at present.
It was a most disturbing sight, though this gorgeous little girl doesn't give that impression....
This was taken from our passing car
Thanks for all your great comments on my Bhutan series so far.
Anne

Title:construction worker....
Username:annefromleo annefromleo
Uploaded:11 May 2007 - 5:19 PM
Tags:Bhutan, Child, Journalism, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, Portaqit, Roadside
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8531 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 5:26 PM

An intriguing photo - as you say, the circumstances are disturbing, and yet this could be the perfect image of idyllic childhood, if it weren't for the squalour around her.
Glad to be the first to comment.
Moira

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AlanBW
AlanBW e2 Member 8AlanBW vcard England
11 May 2007 - 5:35 PM

Brilliant capture - despite her surroundings and circumstances she looks so happy, her expression is simply delightful

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Hanners
Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 6:48 PM

A great piece of journalism Anne Smile


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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 7:10 PM

Smashing shot Anne, it really made me smile.

John (-:

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skydivemike
skydivemike e2 Member 947 forum postsskydivemike vcard Northern Ireland
11 May 2007 - 7:40 PM

Hi Anne,
Hope you are enjoying your travels. I worked overseas for many years mainly in the Far East. Your shot has brought back so many memories both sad and happy.
The children I came across in some poverty stricken places always seemed happy with their lot.
We in the so called civilised world could learn so many lesson from these people if we only took the time to look and listen.
Top work as always.
Stay safe.
Mike xx

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tull
tull e2 Member 11181 forum poststull vcard United Kingdom
11 May 2007 - 7:40 PM

Powerful thought provoking image Anne.

Mark.

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GlynnisFrith
GlynnisFrith e2 Member 8GlynnisFrith vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 8:18 PM

When I first saw this I thought is was a little girl having fun, but after reading your description I find it very sad to think that this can go on in the modern world, she has no childhood at all.
Glynnis

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John_Humphreys
John_Humphreys e2 Member 969 forum postsJohn_Humphreys vcard Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 9:12 PM

In my opinion this shot shows the warm protective nature of good parenthood - what it should be. Life must be very difficult for the women building these roads but their kids look happy. A great human interest picture. John

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chrissd
chrissd e2 Member 9304 forum postschrissd vcard United Kingdom
12 May 2007 - 5:04 PM

what a great capture, lovely work
chris

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BobbyHB
BobbyHB e2 Member 8BobbyHB vcard England
13 May 2007 - 10:13 PM

Plonk kids outdoors in the fresh air with some muck and mud and they'll have a whale of a time. And discover a damn sight more that their "civilised" cousins over here, banged up indoors at some nursery/playgroup. No childhood? I reckon that girl has more of a childhood than kids over here, where there is too much emphisis on cramming their heads to get a "good" education virtually as soon as they are out of nappies!
Gets off soap box! Lovely shot Anne, I wondered where my hard hat had gone! Smile
Bob.

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clevercloggs e2 Member 10237 forum postsclevercloggs vcard United Arab Emirates2 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2007 - 11:12 AM

nice grab shot. good colours too. These travel images makea nice change from your studio photos.

Hope your travels are going well.

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gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2007 - 8:11 PM

Another great candid, Anne.
-=\Walter

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Malc_V
Malc_V e2 Member 8Malc_V vcard England
6 Jun 2007 - 2:14 PM

Brilliant image, great photo journalism.

Malc.

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