Toddler in the coal pit- Village in Hanoi


This picture was taken in a small village about 20km outside Hanoi. This village specialises in making earthenware and pots.

Just outside the village is a huge coal pile. It was a Sunday and the owner had brought his toddler son along to work. To prevent the boy from wandering off, the father had left the boy in the coal pit as the father busied himself with his customers.

I felt it was rather incongruous to have a little boy in his Sunday best, standing in the black ominous coal pile.

People are same everywhere; we all love our kids. No less so even amongst people living in this tough environment.

Photographer: SJ

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