You can also see that there are many, many children who are working to get money. Some sell snacks, some sell work in restaurants as a waiter and some beg for money instead of working. But all of them are doing these and those because their parents and step fathers and mothers are driving them to do it.
I feel sad to see such kind of children. In many traffic junction in Yangon, there we can see many children asking for money from cars and selling accessories to get money. Some sell flowers in pagoda. Some sell plastic bags. A child said to me that he did it because his mother make him do it. Some children enter the bus, give the flyers to everyone. In the flyers, they wrote the letter –
‘Hi! Have a good day sir. I would like to introduce myself. My name is (….). I live in South Dagon township. My daddy is dead. My mother is in the hospital. I can also not be able to attend school. But to cover medicine fees for my mother, I would like you to donate money amount as much as you can. I will never forget your helping. I give you all my greeting and respect. Thank you’
Actually everyone in the city know that saying in the flyers is fake. But some donate the money. They are beggars simply. Myanmar people love donation. But this kind of action is very wrong. Donation for a time fulfilled and saved them for a day – not for a life. To save them for the whole life, we need to educate them. We need to teach them how to find money by working. We need to teach them have a career to work on. We should not let the children under 16 enter labor field. They need the education. But there are many children under 16s working in every regions of Myanmar. The employers also don’t think of any law and don’t think of helping them to educate them. Young children are working as slaves in every industries.
Unless no one start helping them to get out of the labor life, the development of the country will still get slow. We shouldn’t blame to these and those people. We can help them one by one as much as we can. Start encouraging people around you and help the children as much as you can. The number is not important. You can start for a child. If you are having children labors, you can start helping in your business.
Author: Aung Kham
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