Río de lágrimas: instantáneas al filo de la guerra

Este niño tenía un “lanzabananas” o RBP (del inglés, “Rocket Propelled Banana”). Aunque hacía unos minutos habíamos visto a la mayoría de niños de su edad dentro de las aulas, aparentemente él se había quedado rezagado.

Tenían cerdos, pollos, bananas y muchos otros tipos de comidas. Había un tanque piscícola junto a un arroyo, y el río Salween, aunque la mayoría de la comida proviene de donaciones que les llegan a través de Tailandia.

Niños y niñas asisten a las mismas clases, aunque se sientan en zonas opuestas, separados por un pasillo.

Debía de haber alrededor de una docena de aulas de este mismo tamaño, aproximadamente...

El cerdito “Wilbur” se introdujo en la clase. Los niños ignoraron al marrano, pero a nosotros nos miraban con curiosidad.

No es importante tener aulas carísimas. Basta con tener buenos maestros, estudiantes aplicados y unos cuantos libros de texto de calidad.

Además de matemáticas, historia y otras asignaturas, los niños estaban aprendiendo varias lenguas: karen, birmano, tailandés e inglés. Entré a una clase de inglés y les enseñé durante un par de minutos. Los niños leían relativamente bien y tenían muchas ganas de hablar en inglés.

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# Gary Lingner 2011-02-18 18:26
Easy for me to translate most languages into English, using the Google translator.
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# Karen 2011-02-18 20:11
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 2011-02-18 20:35
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 2011-02-24 11:49
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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# jobGuest 2013-03-04 22:29
i like working in Afganistan, i am nurse.
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