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Michael van der Galien

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Posted on March 4 2010 5:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Instead of going to school, like children in the West do, these two Turkish kids have to work. Day in, day out, hour after hour, they sit on this hill trying to sell different fruits to passersby.

Sad as their story may be, it becomes even worse when you realize that there are many more like them in this country (I am visiting Turkey right now). Of the 11 million 275 thousand (11.275.000) children between the ages 6 and 14, one million are unable to go to school. Although this is in violation of the law, little to nothing is done about it.

300.000 of those kids work in agriculture and manufacture, where they earn a meager $150 to $300 per month. The first time I saw this photo, it broke my heart.

Photo by (my good friend) Eser Gözcü.

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