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Myanmar's newest mall, Junction City Shopping Centre, in Yangon (Photo by Simon Roughneen)
Tea Leaves

As a city, Yangon is still searching for its mojo

Uneven development leaves Myanmar's largest city in a state of flux

JOE FREEMAN | Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

At the end of a muddy lane traversed by motorbikes and the occasional duck, Naing Linn Htun lives in a two-room wooden shack with his wife, daughter and the tools of his trade -- dozens of 6-volt battery packs and smartphone charging stations.

The lane, called "Kiss Me Street" after a local flower, runs through a slum in Hlaing Tharyar, one of the most densely populated townships of Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city.

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