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Civil Disobedience Movement & People Displaced by War
by collective photographers
This exhibition is a presentation of photographs taken by a collective of photographers representing different communities in Burma.
At the same time that civil war in Burma continues into over its 70th year, a nation-wide civil disobedience movement (CDM) led by Generation Z is spreading across the nation. This movement was sparked by General Min Aung Hlaing’s coup in the morning hours of February 1. The democratically elected government of the National League for Democracy was overthrown and many of its leaders taken into custody or house arrest. The military declared a year-long state of emergency and appointed a new government — a junta called the State Administration Council (SAC).
The day after the coup, healthcare workers and civil servants all over the country — including the capital Naypyitaw — launched a civil disobedience movement (CDM) opposed to the military takeover. On February 3, workers at a copper mine also went on strike. They were soon followed by employees from other sectors of society; teachers and civil servants soon joined the movement. People all over Burma adopted a clear and direct slogan: “No recognition, no participation, no military dictatorship.” Now street demonstrations are happening in all major cities and towns, and the three-finger salute is being used by protesters everywhere. The nation wide CDM is entering its 4th week as armored vehicles equipped with machine guns have been deployed in Yangon and other cities and towns. Violence is on the rise as the military regime issues new orders, including a ban on public protests. These orders are widely ignored, despite several incidents of demonstrators being shot with live ammunition. Since the military coup, 8 civilians have been killed by police and armed forces. (as of Feb 25).
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Karen and Shan State of Burma/Myanmar
by Hseng Noung Lintner & collective photographers
Voices of Ethnic People in Shan State about Gender Equality
by Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID)
Exhibition: Myanmar in Lanna
by Myanmar Center, Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University
Burmese Migrants & Covid-19
The second wave of Covid-19 in Thailand has heavily impact the lives of everyone, and especially migrant workers living in Samut Sakorn province, which reported the largest Covid-19 cluster in the country. When Samut Sakorn became a so-called “red zone,” the entire province was locked down, leaving many migrant workers with no job and no income. Many migrant workers suffered not just economic loss, but also impacts on their mental health. Many feel they can no longer support their families. The Labor Protection Network (LPN) has tried to tackle this issue with the “Hand to Hand” project to provide rapid support to migrant workers during the lockdown with food and sanitizing materials. This assistance can help migrant workers living in Samut Sakorn and many other provinces get through the pandamic.
Covid-19: Kayan ‘Long Neck’ Refugees from Myanmar Struggle as Thailand Tourism Crashes
However, after the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in March 2020, travel was restricted and businesses closed across the kingdom. Big losses in the tourism industry have left many Kayan women with no income and some with no homes. As ethnic minority non-citizens, their options are limited. Moreover, social welfare and government subsidies during Covid-19 have stopped. Without visitors, they are living in limbo
Red Hope in Red Zone
by Visarut Sankham & REALFRAME
Dawei, Regional Connectivity & Development
by Dawei Studies Group
Peace & Conflict in the Salween River Basin
Displaced and Trapped: Kachin Civilians Caught in the Crossfire, 2011 to Present
Without serious concern and action from the Burmese government to allow international aid to these displaced civilians, there is little sign that this flow of human trafficking will stop, and many signs that it will continue, if not grow. Young children born in the camp will reach marriage age in just a few years. What options do children growing up in IDP camps have for their future?