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A man from the city visits a poor village and offers a peasant boy a chance to work. To get the job, the boy has to compete with other poor children. The man will employ whoever can carry a crippled child - whose legs were blown off by a land mine - to school on his back. The peasant boy wins.
For one dollar a day, he carries his crippled charge to school and back. Like a horse. He races with donkeys in the street. He bathes his rider; he plays with him and tends to him. But the crippled boy is not happy: he had asked his father to buy him a horse, not a boy.