Friday, July 20, 2012

We can end it here, too

I recently came across an article in the Huffington Post about this photograph, taken in 1912 in the US:


The 11 year old boy pictured has just lost 2 fingers, and had his toes crushed, in a workplace accident... in a garment factory. More of the story is here.

The resemblance between this little boy 100 years ago, and the conditions faced by Vietnamese children in garment factories today, is startling.

In one way, that's a bleak assessment: the exploitation of children in American garment factories was a problem 100 years ago, and is still a problem today in Vietnam. But it's also a reason for hope.

If the US could get rid of this problem, so too can Vietnam. 

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