(21 May 2021) A humble library for orphans in Yangon, built of recycled plastic waste, stands empty without books or archives. It was supposed to start welcoming young readers earlier this year, but its opening has been indefinitely deferred by Myanmar’s bloody coup.
For many, environmental concerns have taken a back seat to the broader fight for democracy.
The library project at Taikkyi, a neighbourhood in the north of Myanmar’s biggest city, started in December 2020 as a venture of the NGO Clean Yangon and has drawn on plastic rubbish donations from the local community.
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