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This young Akha girl is carrying her young brother on her back.

In Akha villages, children up to 2, sometiems 3 years are always carried by someone, be it brother or sister, mother or father, or grandfather or grandmother. But in daytime in working season, it usually is the slightly older siblings, too young to go work in the ricefields, but old enough to look after the young ones. I took her photo in the house of the headman of Ban Namat Gao, then a days walk from the road from Luang Namtha to Muang Sing in 2003.
The village, on order from government, was shifted to the road two years later. The village as it was, doesn't exist anymore.
For more on Akha or these villages, see http://kees.zenfolio.com

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