Welcome back to Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
I’ve been checking in on Linh and the other kids every now and then at the Saigon market. Sometimes business is good, sometimes it’s bad. But they always maintain a cheerful exterior and seem in good spirits.
They told me about their daily schedule which involves waking around 9 or 10am in the morning.
They help with the housework and chores which can involve cooking. Work starts in the afternoon. They catch a bus down to Ben Thanh Market for only 6000 dong.
The children then work ’til eleven or twelve at night.
Buses stop running around seven o’clock so at the close of business they catch a xe om (or motorbike taxi) to the place where they’re staying for the night in District three. The ride is about 20-25 minutes from the market but they can’t afford to live any closer because of the higher rents in central Saigon.
This situation is not too unusual in Vietnam where kids don’t automatically get a free pass. They are expected to pitch in like everyone else to keep their families afloat.
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