Mountainous kids take on back-breaking work with a smile

By Ngoc Thanh   June 1, 2016 | 03:22 pm GMT+7

Helping their families to build houses; collecting logs that can be twice as big as them; working in the fields in near-freezing temperatures... children from mountainous provinces have to step up and take responsibility for work that is usually done by adults. 

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Mong ethnic children help build a neighbor's house.

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Collecting firewood

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Two Mong ethnic children arrive home after taking a buffalo to pasture in four hours of heavy rain.

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The picture was taken in the winter of 2015. The child, named Lu A lenh, works in the fields even when the temperature drops to 0 degrees Celsius. 

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A young boy works alone in a field.

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A seven-year old child helps care for the family's buffalo.

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Working hard despite the weather

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A first grade kid in Ha Giang Province already has her work cut out.

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Children in Lao Cai Province make their way home after working in the fields.

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A girl in Ha Giang learns to sow rice.

Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh