Published: January 27th 2006January 23rd 2006
Shielded from the Sun
A young Burmese boy shades himself from the scorching heat
Every thirty days I have to make a Visa Run, where I have to find the nearest border of Thailand and exit the country, so I can turn around a get a new visa. The 3-hour drive up to Ranong, Thailand and then a 40 minute longtail boat ride across the strait and I'm in Burma. Once again. This time I met with my Burmese friend by accident as he was now dressed in an official uniform. He could legally waltz me around his shanty town and give me a tour. With me is Evelyn Rodriguez of San Jose, CA, a woman that survived the tsunami on the island of Ko Phi Phi. Also joining me is Travis Mitchell, the young man from Boulder, CO that overheard my conversation about returning to Thailand in a cafe in Chico, CA. He wanted to come. And he did.
The first time I came to Burma for my visa run I shopped in a large indoor market. We, my companions at that time were Hayden and Cynthia, bought pants for the street kids there. This time I was saddened to see that the entire market, housing some 200 vendors, had burned to the
Heating Water For Her Bath
A burmese woman peeks out her doorway to see the progress of her hot bath water
ground. An electrical fire set the building ablaze and all their livelihoods with it. Farmer's Insurance will not come running to this disaster. They simply lost everything and have to rebuild.
The photos this time are explained in the caption below the photo. Wish you could smell the air when you look at them.
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