A trip to the Irawaddy Delta


22/08/2011 A trip to the Irawaddy Delta

I am now back from my trip to the area were Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar worst in 2008, the Irrawaddy Delta. At first I met some people who know about the area. They explained what happened in 2008, how they solved the problems they had to face. But not all allowed me to interview them. I think they were afraid to talk. Therefore I did not film the interviews in there. I asked them how they lived their new life after this disastrous event and about their visions for their life. They answered to me only without camera and avoided suspicious answers… what was the matter?
In my mind the situation in the Nargis area is still very unequal. If someone wants to do research or donate something they cannot do it freely.  At first they must ask for permission. Generally most of the people in that area used to ask me about the name of my organization and what I want.
The interviewees in the Delta said they did not experience Climate Change much beyond 2008. They grow the paddy typically. They have new houses and new towns with electricity, but their minds could not taste freedom.  They live their new lives but have not more rights. The person in the motorcycle rental shop said that transportation was more convenient now than compared to 2008 but not everywhere. One of the restaurant owner said that after the Nargis disaster there were changes in their society. Most of the people in that region lived under a black shadow. There are still a lot of problems to solve to have a good life. They still live an incomplete life now.
When I came back from the Nargis area I had to think a lot. How can we work together to solve the many problems? After solving will they have a good life? I decided we should try to do something!!
Now I currently edit all my scenes for the video installation. I think the editing session will be finished at the end of this month.



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Phyoe Kyi

Artist graduated in Painting from the University of Culture in Yangon, Myanmar. He has done several solo exhibitions in Myanmar and participated in group in Exhibitions in Myanmar, Japan, Bangladesh and Germany. Phyoe works in performance and video art and has directed several short films. He is a member of Green Net, a local group …

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