Friday, November 2, 2007

Children of the Bridge

Aung Htu is seven years old. He has no parents and sleeps on the banks of the river separating Burma from Thailand. He begs for his food. Here he plays with a dead snake he found in the grass.

The Thai/Myanmar Friendship Bridge, from Mae Sot to Myawaddy, built with Thai money in 1996. Some Burmese pay 30 baht ($1) to cross it to find work in Thailand. Others take a boat to go around it for free.

Shaliman is a Burmese girl of Muslim, Indian origin. She likes to play with her friends under the bridge, beside the older boys and girls hawking bottles of smuggled whiskey and cartons of cigarettes.