“We wanted to have my son’s portrait up but the children just keep crying,” explains Seng Roi as she reaches into a box under a wooden bed and retrieves her son’s portrait.

Marandong Dee Ram had decided to work in Myanmar’s jade mines so he could afford to build a house for his family. He worked in the mines for six years, until he was killed in a landslide.

“He knew it was dangerous in the rainy season, but he decided to go there [to the mines] because he thought he was wasting time just staying at home doing nothing,” recounts Seng Roi in her native Rawang tongue.

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Libby Hogan

Libby Hogan is a multimedia journalist based in Yangon, Myanmar. Her work can be found in The Guardian, ABC and others.