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Building a new life from the mud in Myanmar
Many families displaced by cyclone Nargis in 2008 are now working in brick factories for $1 per day.
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2013 13:43
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Yangon, Myanmar - Following the destruction unleashed by cyclone Nargis in 2008, many families are still struggling to rebuild. Hundreds of families are migrating from affected parts of the country to settle down in a village on the outskirts of Yangon where they are working producing bricks for about $1 per day. 

It takes around 20 days to create bricks starting from digging the grounds, filtering sands and dehydrating the mud bricks under the sun for a week. 

Most families working in the industry don't have proper health care and many children cannot go to school, as they usually have to work. 

Although Myanmar's economy is growing by about 7 percent annually driven by natural resource exports, many average people are still struggling with poverty. The economic boom is fuelling demand for bricks and, according to critics, leading more children to work in the industry. 


/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera
Child workers carry bricks to transport to construction sites at a brick factory.
/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera

Workers carry materials for brick industry. 

/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera

Bricks need to be baked for several days before they can be transported. 

/Htoo Tay Zar/Al Jazeera

Workers carry baked bricks to transport to construction sites.

/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera
Bricks factories are seen under the sunset.
/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera

Mud bricks are arranged in lines before being sold.

/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera
Workers arranging mud bricks into a large stove to bake.
/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera

Mud bricks waiting to be sold. 

/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera
A worker carries mud bricks to dehydrate under the sun.
/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera

Workers filter sand as part of the production process. 

/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera

Workers molding bricks as part of the production process. 

/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera
A child carries mud to store inside the tents.
/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera

Whole families often work together.

/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera

A worker digs sand as part of the production process. 

/Htoo Tay Zar/ Al Jazeera

Workers baking mud bricks in coal fired ovens.

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Mud bricks are arranged in lines before being sold.

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Mud bricks waiting to be sold. 

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Workers filter sand as part of the production process. 

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Workers molding bricks as part of the production process. 

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Whole families often work together.

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Workers baking mud bricks in coal fired ovens.

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Child workers carry bricks to transport to construction sites at a brick factory.

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Child workers carry bricks to transport to construction sites at a brick factory.

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Bricks factories are seen under the sunset.

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Bricks factories are seen under the sunset.

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Baking mud bricks inside the stove takes 2 days to make perfect bricks.

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Baking mud bricks inside the stove takes 2 days to make perfect bricks.

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As final step, workers carry baked bricks to transport construction sites.

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As final step, workers carry baked bricks to transport construction sites.

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Bricks factories are seen under the sunset.

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Bricks factories are seen under the sunset.

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Mud bricks are being arranged in lines to dehydrate.

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Mud bricks are being arranged in lines to dehydrate.

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Workers arranging mud bricks into a large stove to bake.

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Workers arranging mud bricks into a large stove to bake.

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Mud bricks are being arranged in lines to dehydrate.

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Mud bricks are being arranged in lines to dehydrate.

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A worker carries mud bricks to dehydrate under the sun.

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A worker carries mud bricks to dehydrate under the sun.

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Workers filtering the sands to distinguish stones.

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Workers filtering the sands to distinguish stones.

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Workers molding muds into brick form at a brick factory.

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Workers molding muds into brick form at a brick factory.

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A child carries mud to store inside the tents.

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Worker family digging the mud.

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Worker family digging the mud.

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A worker dig the ground to filter sands.

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A worker dig the ground to filter sands.

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Workers baking mud bricks with coal fire.

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Workers baking mud bricks with coal fire.



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