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We’re on the road in Myanmar 18 months after Cyclone Nargis tore across the country, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Jonathan Dumont, the head of WFP’s television and video unit, tours Myanmar to see what sort of a recovery the nation has made and how WFP is helping.
In episode one, Jon overcomes the bureaucratic hurdles involved in simply getting into Myanmar and takes the first soggy steps on his journey around the East Asian country which WFP is helping recover from the 2008 cyclone. Red cups, bad roads and Jon’s fear of snakes all emerge as his TV camera begins its voyage of discovery.
In episode two we visit a community where WFP food rations are helping people who lost everything in the cyclone rebuild their lives. Rice and other supplies enable local people to focus on renovating a road which will link their village to the nearest market. The road will be a crucial factor in recovery in the area.
In episode three, Jon is off the road and on the river. We’re going around the Ayeyarwady delta, picking up delicious river crabs as we see how WFP is supporting work on the dykes that normally keep water off farmland. We also get a lesson in how to apply Myanmar make-up and a view of what may be the cutest smile in east Asia.