The photo, taken on June 2nd 2010, shows two children in a Karen village on the back of an elephant. They told a KHRG field researcher that they earn money to support their families by hiring out the elephant, for example to carry firewood.
What first might look to the eyes of a foreigner like a picture of an “exotic jungle”, reveals itself as symptom of a deeper problem:
Why are these children not at school?
Photo: Karen Human Rights Group