|Children and grandparents at a village in Khon Kaen Province. In Thailand, more than 3 million children do not live with their parents due to internal migration. © UNICEF-Thailand/2014/Aphiluck Paungkaew|
Story by Nattha Keenapan/ Photos by Aphiluck Puangkaew
(The story is published in the Nation newspaper on July 19, 2014)
KHON KAEN, Thailand, July 2014 – Every night, Seng Codechum, 53, gets up several times in order to prepare infant formula for her seven-month old grandson. In the bedroom she shares with her 63-year-old husband and four-year-old grandson, the baby’s crying awakens the two elders, who take turns feeding him. It has been quite some time since their sons and daughters in law left home in Khon Kaen’s Baan Nong-Or village to find work in the big cities, leaving the young children in their care.