Myanmar child nuns dream of conflict-free lives

Teenage nuns in Myanmar dream of a life outside their monasteries after they were sent there to seek refuge from armed conflict near their homes. – EPA pic, December 24, 2019.

TEENAGER Dhama Theingi dreams of becoming an engineer and playing football, but for now she must rise for dawn prayers before pounding Yangon’s streets to collect alms as one of Myanmar’s growing number of child nuns seeking refuge from conflict.

With shorn heads and swathed in pink robes, the girls of Mingalar Thaikti nunnery sit cross-legged on wooden floorboards as they begin to pray, bleary-eyed and stifling yawns.

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