The Yangon River serves a main transportation route from Yangon to the sea as well as upstream to the North…
From downtown Yangon you have access to numerous jetty´s , where boats leave for the North via the Twante Canal or just cross over the river to the other side. Late afternoon everybody was busy to load the ship anchored on one of the jetty´s.
It turned out that they were part of a group of day workers who were bringing steal beams onboard. The really heavy ones for construction. Which I found amazing, because one would think that such kind of materials would be transported via roads. A secondly, no one would have the idea in our countries to carry them by hand. But it was different here.
I learned later during my trip that street workers (pavements) are paid 4 USD per day. So the payment here must have been similar or lower. That´s why I felt those folks deserved a blog.
The loading continued with other items like rice bags. I post this picture because of the man in “uniform” who holds a book. He was taking money from various people and taking notes in his book. To me in was unclear if he belonged to the port authority or was from the tax collecting agency. But anyhow, no receipts were handed out. So most likely a case of the widespread corruption..