My year was up, working in India wasn’t real work, Mum said . Never mind the heart breaking Journey to the railway in Salur. Where I was to choose three children amongst the crowd that huddled together, with their kohl blackened eyes and swollen bellies that silently pleaded. Three bodies burned on the pyre as HIV and Tuberculosis claimed them.
The Government bod I was with, covered his nose and mouth from the stench as we ploughed our way through the filth. You can’t choose, it would catch your heart and rip it out, yet I searched the faces and touched three children of varying ages, then we left for the home.
I knew many would die there beside that track and by the time we had bathed and soothed the lucky three; they’d be gone.
A stone marked the spot where a piece of me died in Salur, but it wasn’t
proper work said Mum.
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