[gallery type="slideshow" ids="104462,104463,104464,104465,104466,104467,104468,104469,104470,104471"] INDU VILLAGE, Mon State — A construction boom in the state capital Moulmein has fueled a commensurate uptick in small-scale brickmaking ventures in Mon State. During a recent visit by The Irrawaddy to Indu village, along the border of Mon and Karen states, piles of freshly baked bricks were laid out on a once fertile plot of farmland where a cluster of kilns are now scattered. Mostly manned by migrant workers, who along with their families typically have traveled from upcountry, these kilns are operational only during Burma’s dry season, from November to March. A 25-by-25-foot kiln at Indu village can produce more than 30,000 bricks in a week.
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