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construction worker....

By annefromleo  
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.

Tags: Photo journalism Child Journalism Roadside Landscape and travel Bhutan Portaqit

Voters: mrswoolybill, AlanBW, woolybill1 and 13 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1766 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 5:26PM
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.

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AlanBW 11 20 England
11 May 2007 5:35PM
Brilliant capture - despite her surroundings and circumstances she looks so happy, her expression is simply delightful
Hanners Plus
11 875 10 Ireland
11 May 2007 6:48PM
A great piece of journalism Anne Smile

11 May 2007 7:10PM
Smashing shot Anne, it really made me smile.

John (-:
skydivemike 12 47 Northern Ireland
11 May 2007 7:40PM
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
tull 14 181 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 7:40PM
Powerful thought provoking image Anne.

GlynnisFrith 11 23 3 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 8:18PM
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.
John_Humphreys 11 69 2 Ireland
11 May 2007 9:12PM
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
chrissd 11 304 United Kingdom
12 May 2007 5:04PM
what a great capture, lovely work
BobbyHB 11 2 England
13 May 2007 10:13PM
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
clevercloggs 13 237 2 United Arab Emirates
14 May 2007 11:12AM
nice grab shot. good colours too. These travel images makea nice change from your studio photos.

Hope your travels are going well.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
21 May 2007 8:11PM
Another great candid, Anne.
Malc_V 11 England
6 Jun 2007 2:14PM
Brilliant image, great photo journalism.


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