|Her father and uncles harvested the corn, carried the bags, climbed up a single pole ladder filling up the barn. Her task was to kick down the corn to make space at the entrance. It was like sliding down the hill using both legs and hands. It looked really fun and it was fun.
||Her family recently arrived to the border. Her husband found a job at a construction site. They built their living place too close to the river bank and it was flooded in the last rainy season. The family got help to move to a new temporary shelter. Now that the flood waters have gone down she goes around with her son, catching small crabs and little fishes to sell in the market.
||A migrant mother is harvesting sugarcane. The child tries to get mum’s attention. It is around school holiday, and she has to bring her child along with her because there is no one home.
|While none of the migrants wear boots or gloves, this Thai employer protects herself properly from head to toe while working together with her migrant workers, mostly women, in a corn field. While singing in Burmese and teasing each other, they plug weeds by hand.
||Farmers have close ties to their paddy fields: this is a tough life. One farmer told me, “If I don’t go see my “bu poe” (little rice plants), they will be bullied by weeds. Not hearing my footsteps, they will be very sad. That’s why I need to see them every day”. Coming in for clinic or research visits means farmers will have to be away from their fields.
||Karen women in rural villages still keep their traditional knowledge of weaving. Weaving is done during their free time to gain extra income or to weave for their loved ones.
|To increase the productivity of their plantations, the farmers use pesticides, even though they know it’s dangerous. These chemicals are also responsible for increased insecticide resistance in the mosquitoes that transmit malaria.
||In early rainy season, behind tractors or buffalos, farmers are turning soil to make the paddy field a nice bed for semi-aquatic young rice plants to have their roots in cosy mud. In Thailand, migrant workers usually take care of this task, without awareness of exposure to soil-related bacterial infections such as melioidosis.
||This cow is struggling up the muddy hill with a caravan of cattle traders. From Natmauk, to the border, to the local market, to China… and to your plate. Traders are exposed to malaria as a result of their activities and the mosquitoes love to feed on the cows.