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The great thing about visiting these villages is how welcome you feel. Some villagers are camera shy as in these places people don’t see a foreigner very often but there are plenty of genuine and friendly smiles.
No one has approached me during this trip asking for money or to buy anything from them, no one!
They would had been as happy if I had not given away anything. I was always offered a drink and even invited to share a meal. This has been true for all my trips in Southeast Asia while visiting H’mong villages. I only have utmost respect for these hardworking and kind people.
Children often seemed intrigued and sometimes I needed to make faces to break the ice, some seemed surprised and confused with my presence in the village.
As usual Hung Do and I gave away some clothes to the children, a small thanks for the snapshots taken and for the wonderful experience of just being there.
If you go to places like this, please take something with you and give to the children. Try not to give candy or any kind of sweets. Children love sweets but I have to remind you that there is no dental care in such places.
Is not just about the long distances these people have to walk to have medical care but most of them cannot afford it and don’t trust a doctor. They would rather see a traditional ” medicine man” which many times cannot provide the same quality care as a doctor does.
I often found young children doing all kinds of chores. Doing the dishes, the laundry or looking after other children. In many places children of a very young age work as hard as any adult.
The adults always seemed happy to see me, sometimes they would gather their children to have their pic taken.
I wish I had a small portable printer with me to give them their printed photo, the only think I could do, was to show their picture on the camera’s LCD monitor.
Above: Photo courtesy of Hung Do.
An old pool table serving as playground for the children.
Women usually works harder than men in places like this.
In the afternoon I continued to visit other villages, I wish I had scheduled more time to spend in these remote villages, maybe next time.
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