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Escaping The Cane

 

Roberto Useda quit school when he was 14 to work in the sugarcane fields, for the typical reasons. His single mother needed help making ends meet. He’s the youngest of a few brothers and sisters, but his older sisters were expected to do housework, and his older brothers had become fathers young and had to worry about feeding their own children.

 

Harvesting sugar cane means back-bent days, doing literally some of the hardest manual labor in the world in over 100-...

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