Have Faith: Myanmar Cab Driver’s Note To Self During The Pandemic

A 50 year old cab driver from Yangon in Myanmar prays every morning at the Shwedagon Pagoda to keep him protected from the Coronavirus

Raghav N

October 14, 2020

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As the world continues to grapple with the incessant Coronavirus, a 50-year-old cab driver in Myanmar has found solace in praying everyday during these troubled times. Ko Naing, who operates out of the country’s largest city Yangon, visits the famous Shwedagon Pagoda daily. He believes that it is his faith in the almighty that has protected him from COVID19.

He starts his day by visiting the gates of the shrine, that has been closed since April following the lockdown imposition in the southeast Asian country. According to Naing, his religious allegiance to the Buddha has helped him in battling many other difficulties in his life and will stand good for this time too. He shared that he is happy with a secure job and a comfortable life, which has unfortunately not been the case for many after the pandemic struck.

The nation, that has one of the world’s weakest health systems has recorded close to 30,500 cases of infections till date and has reported 693 deaths from the virus. The Yangon region leads with 4734 cases.

While the ruling party’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has urged people to support the fight against COVID19, with less than a month to go, the government is not taking a step back from conducting the upcoming elections in its full glory.

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