CHILD LABOUR IN MYANMAR – Ye Moe & Yan Naing Moe

Exhibition From February 22 to March 11 | Maha Bandoola Park

Opening | 22 February 2020

By Ye Moe & Yan Naing Moe

His job is to carry baskets from 6am to 4pm in a brickyard. For a little more
than two dollars (3500 Ks) a day, he walks about 18 kilometres, carrying
nearly three tons of mud in all. At eight years old, he is the youngest in the
group. His family owes their boss around US$1300 (20 lakhs). They pay back
little by little but have to keep on borrowing because they don’t have enough
to feed themselves. Last year, he was hit by a motorbike. He had 18 stitches
in his head. For a while, he couldn’t remember his friends. Since then, they
have called him ‘Weirdo’. He wants to be a truck driver. ‘All they need to do is
change gears and steer,’ he says.                                                                                                              In Myanmar, more than one child in ten is a child labourer