The Hmong child vendors in Sapa

Sapa corner

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

How are you doing? Who do you often encounter on the streets?

I often run into some Hmong children who spend most of their time on Sapa’s streets. They are at the age of 1- 10, and most of them come from Lao Chải village.  

The Hmong children usually walk around the main streets in Sapa. With some souvenirs in their hand, they work as street vendors. The children approach tourists, and ask them to buy something. Sometimes, the begging action of these children bothers visitors.

It seems that the children have no choice. They do street vending to earn more income for their poor families. Besides, the children’s mothers also go with them, but they just watch over their kids from a distance, as these mothers think visitors will have mercy on the children and might buy their products.   

Witnessing the children peddle every day on the streets touches my heart. In my eyes, these little vendors are such strong and pitiful children. May they be safe and have the chance to go to school.

Have a love day 

With love, 

An An 

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