Along the muddy river bank hundreds of men pack down under small plastic sheets to avoid the direct sun and to take respite from the 38 degree heat. The men cram into the small bamboo shops beside the muddy river. The valley and river littered with generators and large hoses that the miners use in their hunt for gold. It is Sunday and the workers are having a break from work.
In this remote area of Karen State almost everything is available – phone calls, money transfers, food, clothing, alcohol, electronics, machinery and there is even the Internet.
Thousands of people from all over Burma flood into the Baw Lu stream that links to Tenasserim River, in Southern Burma, to seek their fortunes from digging gold...
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