Maybe it's the culture of men beating women, that leads to the women beating their children? I don't know? But I met so many children with broken and infected noses it begs the question! This young lady, already in the prison of a refugee camp no longer leaves her home because of her broken and deformed nose. A self-imposed house arrest.
For young girls in this camp with no hope of education or career, the only option is to get married and bear children. Fragile security.
Tea time in the camp means boys and girls go and collect water for cooking and cleaning. The men go home after their day gambling on cock fights and chewing the narcotic betel leaves.
From here it certainly looks good. When you get up close hold your nose and close your eyes. You may weep and vomit at the same time.
Left alone to play in the dirt, these twins expressions were blank and emotionless. Even when I returned with food and sweets they could not register and emotion, apart from this blank stare. I wanted to take them home. I wept, I still weep.
Tens of thousands of Burmese children live like this because of religious differences and political persecution.
So many children left unattended, uncared for, abandoned by our standards! I console myself with, "what you never had you never missed". But that doesn't make it right!