Hit hard by poverty, many Guatemalans struggle to survive. Children often start working as soon as they are able -- with boys shining shoes in the main square in San Miguel Acatan to help provide for their families, and girls caring for younger siblings and working around the home. Many children head to the United States to be try to make more money to send back to their families.

Photo by DAVID AHNTHOLZ

Hit hard by poverty, many Guatemalans struggle to survive. Children often start working as soon as they are able -- with boys shining shoes in the main square in San Miguel Acatan to help provide for their families, and girls caring for younger siblings and working around the home. Many children head to the United States to be try to make more money to send back to their families.

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