THE FORGOTTEN CHILDRENS OF VIETNAM
On the road
I spend most of my time on Vietnamese roads, in the remotest areas. It is common for me to see children all by themselves, on the side of the roads. These photos are spread in multiple photo albums which can sometime make us forget that they even exist.
Some children look sad, sometimes because they are alone, sometimes because they are just frightened to see a foreigner. Most of the time it is difficult to photograph them and I try not to stay too long.
The way we interpret a photo depends on its title and comments that follow. In the absence of text, the interpretation becomes personal and will solely depend on the mindset of the person who views the photo, its meaning varies.
Of course, it happens quite often that the child is not sad but is simply shy.
Whichever happens, they are all far from their homes and don’t have the same childhood that others. While some work to help their families, others wonder on the roadsides. Then always comes the question of whether or not to photograph them. It even happens that some comments are negative about the photos, asking why showing this. My answer is long, but resume itself in another question:
“WHY SHOULD WE IGNORE THEM ?”
By showing these photos, the goal is to educate readers and to encourage support, during their trip, or simply from home by sponsoring recognized charitable associations.Here are some associations that have proven effectiveness in Vietnam. The list could be longer, please do not hesitate to send suggestions: