Río de lágrimas: instantáneas al filo de la guerra


Los aldeanos Karen se mostraron muy amistosos y estaban encantados de que les hiciéramos fotos. Los niños eran muy educados y en ningún momento nos pidieron limosna.

En el interior de la selva no suena ningún motor ni ningún teléfono.

Rostro cubierto de 'thanaka'.

El ungüento cosmético que llevan en la cara se llama “thanaka”. Aseguran que es bueno para el acné, y que evita las quemaduras solares y produce una sensación de frescor en el cutis.  La “thanaka”, derivada de la corteza de varias especies de árboles, también se utiliza simplemente como maquillaje.


Casi todos los niños estaban en el colegio o en la guardería infantil. Nos recibieron con una mezcla de sonrisas, agitar de manos y curiosidad.

El hombre que lleva la camisa a rayas rojas y blancas es el médico del pueblo, que el día anterior había atendido al herido por la mina antipersona. Habla inglés bastante bien. Dentro de su choza tiene una pizarra en la que escribe palabras en inglés porque, según dice, continúa aprendiendo esta lengua.

Unos cuantos niños no estaban en las aulas: estaban trabajando. El médico nos cuenta que la mayoría de los niños van al colegio, pero dado que son los padres quienes deciden si estudian o no, algunos terminan trabajando en los campos.

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Gary Lingner · 7 years ago
    Easy for me to translate most languages into English, using the Google translator.
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    Karen · 7 years ago
    Despite the fact that I live in San Diego, I'm not at all fluent in Spanish, but got quite a bit of the gist of your article, I think (didn't think to use the Google translator like Gary did). Anyway, I really enjoyed looking at the photos and reading what I could, as I sponsor a little girl through Compassion, Intl. who is from the Karen tribe and lives in the mountains of northern Thailand. She is 10 yrs. old now (have sponsored her since she was 4 and we have the same birthday)and she has sent me photos of her and her grandparents in their home, which looks much like some of the buildings in your photos. Her parents harvest rice. She is in school and seems to be a happy girl. She sends pictures she has colored and they always include the sun, rainbows, flowers, birds, trees, rivers, and mountains. They give me a little feel for the area where she lives. Probably too much detail, but thanks again, Michael!
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    Bob T · 7 years ago
    My wife and I support a couple of kids through Compassion International (CI). I've been supporting kids through CI since the early 1980's. I always liked the fact that of all such organizations, the amount of money you send them sees the highest percentage going to directly benefit the kids, with a small percentage going to overhead. Good outfit.
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    PALOMA · 7 years ago
    Hay veces que me río a carcajadas cuando leo textos que han sido traducidos de forma instantánea, como es el caso de Google. No me parece una buena idea, a no ser en caso de extrema necesidad, ya que pierdes mucho del texto original y tiene muchísimos errores de traducción.
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    i like working in Afganistan, i am nurse.
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