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Many women in the shantytowns are forced to work for the little capital they desperately need. Their children are often too sick to accompany them to their places of work, and with the amount of money they earn. these women can hardly pay for child care (Scheper-Hughes 324). Children are often left unattended, making it even more dangerous for them in the region. During a drought after the military coup, the number of infant deaths was shocking. What made it even more surprising was the nature in which childless mothers took the deaths of their children. It seemed like a normal thing for them to lose children, and move on, while hoping for the best (Scheper-Hughes 325).