In the north of Myanmar the Kachin people have been struggling for autonomy for generations.
The KIA (Kachin Independence Army) fought an armed insurgency for over 30 years. Despite being out-numbered and out-armed, the KIA was never fully defeated. Nor were they able to win full autonomy for the Kachin People. During 15 years of precarious peace since the 1994 cease-fire, the KIO ( Kachin Independence Organization) has been trying to build up a civil society in addition to the army. This photo essay explores the current state of affairs in free Kachin and the activities of the KIA / KIO.