Burma’s army has forcibly recruited teenagers for decades. The practice is slowly changing, but many former child soldiers live with the scars of their experiences.
The purpose-built city of Naypyidaw—unveiled a decade ago this year–boasts 20-lane highways, golf courses, fast Wi-Fi and reliable electricity. The only thing it doesn’t seem to have is people.
Lured off the streets by false promises and recruited into the army as young boys, they returned home as men years later.
In Burma the use of child soldiers is commonplace, but under increasing international pressure small numbers are being released from service, returning to parents who thought them dead.
Confined to squalid camps, supposedly for their own "protection," Burma's persecuted Rohingya are slowly succumbing to starvation, despair and disease. Some are calling it a crime against humanity.
Burma promised to free its political prisoners. But some, particularly Kachins, remain behind bars.
Community organizer Jessica Nhkum counsels women in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Kachin. Many have suffered from sexual abuse, prolonged separation from family, and human trafficking.
Lawless borderlands between Burma, Laos and Thailand scene of largest massacre of Chinese civilians outside of China in over half a century. E-book explores who committed the murders.
Every summer, when thousands of Burmese girls cross the border to help harvest sugar cane in China, they run the risk of becoming wives with no legal status.
Large-scale displacement, lack of refugee protection, shortages of humanitarian aid and easy access to national boundaries have fueled widespread human trafficking in Burma's Kachin State.
In the wake of bloody sectarian violence last year, more and more Rohingyas are betting what little they still have on a dangerous journey at sea.
Tension and despair are driving greater numbers of stateless Rohingyas to tempt fate on the open sea.