MANDALAY, Myanmar — A five-year-old girl, her face covered with the yellow cosmetic paste called thanaka, asks for money from her mother. She wants to have noodles for her breakfast.
The girl’s mother Daw Yee finds the money in her purse and gives 200 kyats.
“Thanks a lot to the river,” says Daw Yee, 48. “We can survive because of the river. Long live the river.”
The family lives beside the Irrawaddy River, in the place where Daw Yee married her husband years ago.