Here’s my first blog entry since the beginning of my project. Unfortunately the internet connection in our region (as in whole of Myanmar) is very slow, so I can not access it every time. Sometimes the internet is not working for a whole week! So I will try my best to keep you updated despite all difficulties!
I already started with shooting some sequences for my video installation project during the last three weeks. The content of the first sequences will be the affect of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution on the environment in our region of Taunggyi respectively Shan State . I even “went underground” into the canalisation system of Taunggyi to document the sewage water running from the city uncleaned into the Kyiphyu Lake. The name of the lake means “white crow” and all of the waste water of the city of Taunggyi flows into this lake. The water of the lake however is the main source of drinking water for the villagers around the lake. So it is very important to keep the lake clean!
However, while shooting the sequences in the canalisaton I faced some problems: Two police officers took notice of me and asked me to stop filming! They hit me and I decided to run away! I ran as fast as I could and finally could escape! However I fell down and hurt myself, I had to go to the clinic for treatment – however some scars will remain.
My next plan is to go to the Irawaddy-Delta region in Myanmar, which was hit very hard during the Cyclone Nargis, in 2008 and interview some people in the Delta how they live now 3 years after the disaster, which was often linked to Climate Change. I would like to know about their basic needs and state of mind. What do they understand under “right to a good life”, what is their vision of a “good life” and how to reach it…?
Another storm which hit Myanmar in 2010 was the Cyclone Giri, which devastated part of Rakhine State, Myaybon Township, but did not get much attention in the foreign media. After that storm it became even more obvious how much Myanmar is affected by Climate Change, as the number of very severe Cyclones is expected to rise in the future.
If possible I would also like to visit this region, but this is still uncertain….
I will get back to you soon with my next report! Wish me luck!