Another hard day’s work. Another argument with her husband. Another night Dahiana’s five children would go to bed hungry.
Dahiana sat in the small structure they called home. Water dripped from the leaky roof above. Perhaps, as an agricultural worker, Dahiana should have been grateful for the rain that would benefit the crops and give her and Marsden, her husband, work. Perhaps she could have been grateful if the mere tarp over their heads did more to keep the clouds’ downpour outside, where it belonged. Instead, the drops just added to Dahiana’s misery.
A Miserable Struggle
In a predominantly agrarian community, most of the people in Dahiana and Marsden’s region were in some way dependent on agriculture for their livelihood, as are 65 percent of the world’s poor. With no land of their own and no local work to be found, the couple traveled to different villages as daily wage laborers, joining the 95 million migrant workers worldwide who leave their homes to try to make ends meet and feed their families.
According to the International Labour Organization, “Unemployment and increasing poverty have prompted many workers in developing countries to seek work elsewhere.”
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