Burmese Migrant Children Live Among the Garbage

Collection with 13 media items created by vincenzo floramo

Thailand 24 Mar 2011 00:00

Along the Thai-Burmese border, the town of Mae Sot has become a refuge for many Burmese immigrant families. Thousands of citizens of Myanmar (formerly Burma) cross the border to escape from the still ongoing conflict between Burmese armed forces and ethnic minorities. They also look for a better economic condition.

According to government statistics, there are at least two million Burmese nationals working in Thailand; at least three quarters of them are illegal. This status and the lack of connection forces many people to live at a large garbage dump just outside of Mae Sot.

By collecting recyclable materials, people can make about 100 baht (2.5 euros) per day. At present, approximately fifty families are living in bamboo huts built on mountains of waste. The children begin to work in the dump even at the age of 6 or 7, but it is around 11 or 12 when they get more involved with the landfill. They have to help their parents to collect trash or care for the whole household. Despite the terrible condition, children have to survive at the dump site as their parents feel Thailand is much more safe than the Burmese jungle where they would be killed or die of malnourishment

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Child dump 01
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
22 Feb 2011

Khin Khin Thwe is a 12 year old girl from Karen state that has been living in the garbage dump with her mother and three other sisters for 4 years.

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Child dump 02
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
13 Mar 2011

A child walks on the garbage dump.The rest of the garbage already sorted by the local recycling plant arrives at the dump site six to ten times a day.

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Child dump 03
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
01 Mar 2011

A son of a Burmese illegal migrant is recycling plastic at the local garbage dump at Mae Sot, Thailand.

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Child dump 04
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
22 Feb 2011

A Burmese child with her mother living just in front of a big garbage pile.

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Child dump 05
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
01 Mar 2011

A Thai dealer comes to buy recycled plastic and aluminum from the Burmese migrants living at the dump.

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Child dump 06
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
24 Mar 2011

A Burmese child runs by the dump while people burn pieces of metal covered by plastic to recycle the steel.

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Child dump 07
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
24 Mar 2011

A local child at the garbage dump prepares his bed at his family's hut.

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Child dump 08
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
24 Mar 2011

A mother feeds her child. In the garbage dump, every family has a minimum of three children.

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Child dump 09
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
08 Apr 2011

Si Thun Khant, 6, plays by the main entrance path at Mae Sot garbage dump.

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Child dump 10
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
22 Feb 2011

Burmese kids, who live in a hut by the trash, have their breakfast as machinery moves the dusty garbage.

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Child dump 11
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
18 Feb 2011

Sien Let Wai, 11, washes himself in the contaminated water pound at the garbage dump.

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Child dump 13
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
09 Mar 2011

Children living in the dump study at night with a candlelight.

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Child dump 14
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
24 Mar 2011

Burmese child at the local recycling plant which is under surveillance all the night.