Sunday, February 13, 2005

Sharecropper’s woman

I talked to this young woman in Anuradhapura. She is a newly wedded wife struggling for building a new life with her sharecropper husband. Whilst her husband is cultivating paddy and other crops in someone else's land she rares cattle, goats, chicken etc. She said she liked to keep animals such as goats when they were not fit enough to give them milk instead of selling them to a slaughter house. But their economic conditions did not permit such "compassion".