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Seeing-eye children - June 21/12

In February 2009, Craig Desson introduced us to the children working the streets of Makeni, Sierra Leone. In a country convulsed by poverty, they're doing a job children shouldn't have to. Their parents rent them out, like seeing-eye dogs.

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