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The side of Myanmar that you don’t see on TV

Some people will tell you that visiting another country is always a pleasure but living in another country is a completely different experience. That is so true.

The experience of living in a developing country is rarely documented by the press with accuracy. Would you like to know how most people live in Myanmar? Over the next 10 minutes as you continue reading this blog post, you're going to see the side of Myanmar that you don't see on TV.

Before you look at the photos below, the author would like to ask you a question.

Just out of interest, do you have a local council that collects the rubbish on your street every week?

Most people in Myanmar don't have the luxury of a council waste collection and so, the rubbish accumulates for miles, almost as far as the eye can see.

Trash stretches as far as the eye can see
Stop for a conversation on a road which has plenty of rubbish on both sides
One man's trash is another man's treasure

The author would like to ask you some questions about your dwelling.

Do you have a roof over your head that provides shelter against the elements?

Does your dwelling come with window-locks and locked doors for security?

Did you know that many people in Myanmar live in tents?

Please review the pictures below.

But not everybody has a roof over their heads.  In the two photos below you will see three children who live on the street.  They have no home and no education.

Three homeless and uneducated children
At least one kitten brings the boys some joy

Very poor families live like this

Living in extreme poverty
Underdeveloped kitchen with gas bottles
Rustic toilet

 

 

 

 

Many people have been affected by flooding

 

 

 

 

Did you know that people use that water for drinking and cooking?

 

 

 

Interestingly enough, some people catch fish from dirty puddles of stagnant rain water, right next to where they live.

Money, housing, food and clean water are challenges that so many people face every day in Myanmar but that's not all. Have a look at the conditions of the road below.

Long walk along a sandy road for those who don't have their own transport
Long walk along a sandy road for those who don't have their own transport

Along the streets you don't have to go very far to find a homeless child rummaging through the trash. In the two photos below you will see a child looking for items of value that he can sell for food.

Having a private shower in a bathroom which has a locked door and translucent glass windows is another luxury item that so many people living in first world countries take for granted. Below is a series of photos of boys having an outdoor shower together.

Now that you know what it's really like to live in Myanmar, it's time to do something about it.

The Mission2Myanmar will do everything it can to relieve the suffering of so many needy people living in Myanmar by providing...

  • clean water
  • reliable power
  • better quality food
  • beds for the homeless
  • clothing for children
  • education
  • computers with internet connections

...but we can't do this without your help. If you would like to donate, please click here.