Entry Title: "A Silent Spring"
Name: M. Rabonza , Netherlands
Category and Expertise: Deeper Perspective|Photo Essay and Feature Story|Children|Lifestyle|Portrait_P, Non-Professional
Entry Description: Six year old Thuy idles the afternoon away at home in rural Long An, a Vietnamese province just an hour away from the capital Ho Chi Minh City. Long An is one of the 13 provinces that makes up the resource-rich Mekong Delta river, the so-called “Rice Bowl” of Vietnam. However, despite producing over half of the country’s rice output, the region is home to a large segment of Vietnam’s vulnerable communities: ethnic minorities, the poor, landless & the unemployed. 1 out of 4 people in the Mekong Delta barely get by with one dollar a day, more than any other region in the country.