is an 8-yera-old Akha-girl and was born in Burma in the Yaboyaya
village, Tachilek District. She has her older brother, Ja-shor,
who is 15-years-old and a younger brother who is 4-years-old.
Her father is addicted to amphetamines, her mother to opium
and Jashor to glue.
started begging for money when she was still a baby. Jashor
would take Amina on his back and beg for money at the Maesai
border bridge until Amina could walk by herself. They would
beg everyday from the morning till the evening, like normal
work. Amina's parents are unemployed, and lived off the earnings
of the children, who would be beaten if they did not return
at least 50 Baht a day.
was in Childlife for a few months in 2000. He would often
leave and return again, sometimes going to Chiang Mai to beg
for money there. Amina prefers to study than beg. Her parents
have allowed her to stay in Childlife, so that she can recieve
shelter, food and an education.