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Mandalay (Burma) - Rickshaw driver and daughter

Many small businesses enjoyed a flicker of prosperity as foreign visitors poured in Burma after 1996, christened “Visit Myanmar Year” by the Junta. But the drop in tourism that followed the Saffron revolution left most of these initiatives still-born. Moe Thak and Nay Lat, two rickshaw drivers living in Mandalay, are now forced to reconsider their options. Moe Thak recalls how everything changed:

 

“We left our village to try our luck in Mandalay. At first, money was good: there were a lot of tourists. After 3 years, Nay Lat had saved enough to buy his own rickshaw. But last year, he had stomach problems and had to sell everything to pay for treatment. He’s been trying to save enough money to buy his vehicle back. Things have gotten tougher though. After the “events”, fewer tourists have come."

 

See the whole documentary on www.rangooncocoon.com and the slideshow at www.vimeo.com/12957418

 

More pictures and stories available at: www.bricerichard.com

  

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Taken on June 25, 2009