by Myit Makha Mediagroup on 1 Jan, 2013
A women of about 36, in worn-out clothes, covering her head with a draper, holding an infant in her bosom, is begging money approaching car after car which are stopping at the U Wisara Road Traffic light.
She can earn 15,000 to 20,000 Kyats daily and sometime more, she said. Because of her pitiable situation with a malnourished infant, she earns such an income, she said.
On the days without ( bringing ) the child, it is difficult to earn even 10,000 ( Kyats ). “ The infant holding in her bosom wrapping up in the draper is not her own-child, but hired on money at 5.000 Kyats a day,”she spoke out.
“ Out of 15,000 to 20,000 Kyats we earned, we have to pay 5,000 Kyats a day for hiring the child.” She explained.
It is learnt from the peer groups that among the beggars working at the traffic lights, those accompanied with the infants earn more than the lone ones do.
Due to earning more with the infants, it becomes the practice of begging with hired infants in the beggars’ environment.
But the supply of the infant for hire is limited, so it is necessary to ask in advance.” She said. Continue reading “BURMA: Vagrant Beggars in the City YANGOON”