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She is leaning through the window of her bamboo home, staring at the world go by. But there is nothing much going by in her world.

Her village is on the banks of the Mekong, about two boat hours away from Huay Xa. The villagers live from fishing and peanut crops.
The village has only unstable bamboo huts and the children no school. The dogs lay apathetically scattered throughout the huts. There is no barking, no laughter of children.
The silence of poverty fills the air.

A little friend walks beside me, curious by this foreigner that intrudes their daily life. She keeps close to me, her wondering eyes big on my face. I take her hand in mine and a shy, almost, smile brightens her face. Her firstly loose hand becomes tighter as we walk along.
When the two little girls greet, I am distressed by the saddening look on this girl's cute little face. These children should be laughing and playing on a playground.
I make a silent wish for happiness in their lives and fight the lump in my throat as I walk along.

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