Salween River: Thai - Myanmar Border

The Salween river flows from the Tibetan plateau through China, Myanmar and Thailand. It is, along with the Yangtze and Mekong, one of the significant rivers flowing through the region. Like many rivers of its size it forms natural borders and is a sought after natural resource for irrigation and power generation, to be exploited by regimes along its length.

 

This photographic essay, however, is concerned with a much smaller issue but nonetheless important, the people that struggle for a living along politically charged zones and cross the border each day to survive. The people featured in these images are part of a much larger population, of Burmese, many displaced to refugee camps around the Thai town of Mae Sot, some forming a mini Myanmar in markets of the small town. 2010.