Life in the Margins

No Man's Land - New Naratif

As people traverse the Friendship Bridge—the official border crossing between Myanmar and Thailand—they see below them colourful tarps lining the roofs of dozens of ramshackle huts.

Hundreds have sought refuge on the long narrow stretch of land along the banks of Moei River between Mae Sot in Thailand and Myawaddy in Myanmar. In English, it’s called “No-Man’s Land” because neither country officially controls it.

No Man's Land - New Naratif
No-Man’s Land is in between Thailand and Myanmar on a narrow strip of land on the Moei river that neither country officially controls.

Many of its residents survive selling food, cheap cigarettes, alcohol, expired Viagra and even sex videos to the meandering Thai and foreign tourists along the border.

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