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All work and no play, Myanmar's children prop up economy

Saw Paing Htway (R) and Min Min are seen working at a teashop on the outskirts of Yangon, MyanmarTwelve-year-old Myat Noe dashes between tables taking orders and sweeping up cigarette butts, working for around a dollar a day in Myanmar, which has one of the worst records for child labour in the world. There are millions like Myat Noe — child workers are widely accepted in the former junta-ruled nation — who prop up everything from tea rooms to factories. Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, is expected to make major gains in the election, and has identified education as the cornerstone in reducing poverty, but so far hasn’t committed to this demand.

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