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A Mien woman slits mature poppy seed pods to extract opium sap. The Mien,or Yao, live in China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand and are hard-working farmers. This women has a traditional hairstyle, including shaved eyebrows. She lives in Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit cavelodge.com). I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleover 5 years ago

    Great image, so much expression and such a story

  • Nice of you to be the first to comment. She has a bit of a sad look but I think it was more boredom, its a very repetitive job.

    – John Spies

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