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"Slash and Burn" farming is a way of life in much of Southeast Asia. The land isn't fertile enough to grow crops on for more than a few years so they cut down the forests and burn them. The resulting ash makes the land fertile for a few years...but only a few years...then they move on and burn new areas of forest.

The boy in this picture is from a village over the top of the hill that has lived here happily for many years. They had no control or say in the matter when people from the nearby town came through and burned the forest around their village. They will not make a penny from the crops that are planted here.

All I think about when I look at this picture is how the boy and his friends probably played in that forest just a few weeks ago. And how shocked they must be to have their playground replaced with this hot, smoldering, waste land.

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