Photographer's Note

Taken from Baishan City, China, looking across the Yalu River. This picture was taken at about 4:45am, and already there were thousands of North Koreans gathered down by the river, carrying away bags of sediment one by one. Hyesan is an important mining town for North Korea, so I imagine it had something to do with minerals.

The Yalu river here is not wide at all, originating from the Changbai mountains not far away, and there is no wall or anything that prevents people from either the China side or the North Korean side from just wandering over. In fact, there were several fisherman wading in the middle of the river together, both Chinese and North Koreans. I imagine this lack of a barricade between the two countries is how my dumbass countrymen keep wandering over and getting kidnapped by the guards, which are stationed in outposts scattered around the hillsides of Hyesan.

I'd say the first thing you notice in the picture is the garbage all around. Seems like remnants of years of dumping crap down this hill. These women tread along the bank of the river hauling away god knows what.

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