Laotian Children in the Mekong River

"Mother of Waters": The Mekong is one of the great rivers of the world. It has shaped land and politics. It has fed nations. The river begins at 16,000 feet on the Tibetan plateau and tumbles almost three thousand miles to the Mekong Delta and the South China Sea. Near its beginnings in Yunnan Province, China, the Mekong is known as the Lancangjiang or Turbulent River. It flows through the rainforests of Xishuangbanna, skirts Myanmar and plays politics as the border between Thailand and Laos. In 1994, the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge was completed-the first ever span across the entire river, signaling a new era of cooperation between two Mekong neighbors.

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