ROYAL JADE | Head On Photo Festival

ROYAL JADE

Photographer's Name: 
Birgit Neiser

Jade mining in Myanmar has reverted back to the old manual techniques and illegality. Plastic buckets made from used petrol cans are used to carry the stones out. Mining licenses have been suspended because the mines are located where fighting between the army and the local ethnic groups occurs. It is hard labour but each worker is motivated by the dream to find this one stone to take him and his family out of poverty. The Chinese hunger for the royal green stones keeps the business alive.

Festival Year: 
2015