*Cuzco, Peru
December 05, 2004:
  A homeless boy sleeps in the morning shadows against the Iglesia de Santa Teresa. When the Conquistadores of Spain conquered Cuzco in the 1630's, they started dismantling the surrounding Inca fortresses and used many of the thousands of finely-carved stones for the construction of their own buildings.

  In Peru there are thousands of orphaned, homeless, and abandoned children, and many of them are forced to work in the informal economy to support themselves. Estimates vary, but most experts believe almost 1 million children between the ages of 6 and 17 work; 55% of them live in rural areas. In Cuzco, expect to be greeted by one trying to sell homemade finger puppets or postcards of Machu Picchu.