A new bridge being planned for Yangon’s Kyeemyingdaing township could mean the difference between life and death for villagers on the other side. The Ministry of Construction has been working with a Japanese company in initial preparations for the 2700-metre (8000-foot) bridge, parliament heard on March 25.
When the people with the money arrive, all the women in the little room rise to greet them, like schoolgirls. The 100 or so village women are mostly middle-aged and elderly, with thanaka on their cheeks and flowers in their hair. The room is hot and cramped.