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BANGKOK (AP) — For two months, carpenter Tun Nye hasn’t been able to send any money home to his parents in Myanmar to help them care for his 11-year-old son, after authorities in Thailand shut down his construction site over coronavirus concerns. No work has meant no income for him or his wife, who have been confined to one of more than 600 workers’ camps dotted around Bangkok, living in small room in a ramshackle building with boards and blankets to cover missing windows. © Provided by Associated Press Myanmar migrant worker lives his daily lives at construction camps in Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug. 31, 2021.
Gardets gardens and mini-ponds welcoming frogs: roofs and taxi covers Abandoned found a new life in Bangkok.
On an open-air parking from the west of the Thai capital, green shoots sprinkled by the monsoon rains spring from the bodywork of several rows of typical pink and orange taxis of Bangkok.
Tiny green and brown frogs encrypt in the tropical heat inside makeshift pools made from old tires, nestled among the 200 abandoned cars.
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Taxis of this "cemetery" have seen their drivers return to their village in recent months after the almost total disappearance of customers because of the pandemic and confinement.
Growing vegetables was "our last option", according to Thapakorn Assawalertkun, one of the bosses of the taxi company, very indebted.
"We said we were going to grow vegetables and raising frogs on the roofs of these taxis".
Thailand has imposed strict restrictions on a wave of CVIV-19 contaminations in recent months, including a night curfew.
Tourists, essential to Bangkok's taxis trade, have disappeared because of the draconian rules imposed to enter the kingdom.
Aubergines, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and basil cultivated on cars - as well as frogs - will help feed drivers and unemployed employees.
And if crops are good, they plan to sell the surplus on local markets.
"Growing vegetables also helps employees change the ideas. We want them to have something to eat and we do not want them to be stressed either," Thapakorn said at AFP.
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