The River Miners of Mindanao: Seeing the Unseen
Unless you happen to be traveling through a place and happen to stumble across something, point to it and ask. Even the most mundane things will likely slip by your peripheral vision as just that … mundane.
But, stop. Look, point and ask. Then ask again. Before walking to the place and ask even more and you can find something quite out of the ordinary.
On an off day in travel, try looking at the mundane, it could just surprise you!
Mindanao is crisscrossed with rivers. Buses rumble over sturdy and somewhat un-sturdy bridges day and night. I always look out the window in hope of seeing something special. These days the rivers are flowing well, but it’s what’s underneath that’s important.
Here’s what I saw, and the people I met who come from a very different life …
It’s in a place like Mindanao you can find day to day life like nowhere else. In Nepal I came across a dried up river bed that was being mined, and it looked like a scene from an Indiana Jones movie. In Mindanao I came across the opposite.
Milk chocolate colored water hides a deep resources that can help provide a family with a meal for two days. But it also has a deadly current. Not to mention, sand. Sand that builders use for construction. It means there’s money in the river.
Coming soon on Seeing the Unseen: Photographing Miss Camiguin Island
This is an additional post and one of a series highlighting the island of Mindanao & the people living in The Philippines