Photographer's Note

It is quit inevitable to come back from Laos without any child portraits.

The number of children running around in the rural villages is a striking observation.
They are most often walking hand in hand with poverty.

With not much more than rice and green vegetables, when the right season is there, the most rural areas lack so much nutrition to bring up a child in acceptable conditions. Fruit is as much a luxury than it is a necessity and milk is if possible even scarcer, or bluntly non existent.

It is heartbreaking to walk along the earth beaten tracks of the villages, breathing in the poor life conditions that keep sticking to your skin like a tick.

Although a smile is never far away when you approach the children, there is an ever lingering sadness that simply doesn't belong.

Young Akha boy in a poor village in the area around Muang Sing, close to the Chinese border. This is the original image, no cropping.

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