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Bawk Nu Aung's portrait photo in the IDP camp
Written by Dustin Barter and Nhkum Naw Mai, Oxfam in Myanmar “At first, I just learnt about peace from NSEN (NDI). I didn’t have that much confidence to speak out. People said I couldn’t speak about peace because I didn’t know. Now, I talk about peace and other issues with them. They learn and we...
Mikayin Lake. Photo by Jacqueline Storey
The 2,815-kilometer Salween River keeps afloat the lives of more than 10 million people in Myanmar. Together with surrounding mountains and lakes, the river sustains fisherfolk, farmers, and their families. However, impending industrial projects are causing people distress, leaving them worried...
Author: Nhkum Naw Mai and Dustin Barter, Durable Peace Programme, Oxfam in Myanmar Awakening to the sounds of fighter jets and helicopters, it was not long before Awng Ra villagers joined the over 100,000 people displaced in Kachin, as the conflict between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the Kachin...
Cash distribution in emergency flood response
Authour : Yee Mon Oo, Communications and Media Coordinator, Oxfam in Myanmar In August 2016, annual monsoon weather flooded vast swathes of Myanmar, leaving destruction in its wake. Though much effort from communities and NGOs alike goes into preparing communities for these annual floods, each year...
Nhkum Kai Tang preparing bottles of soap
Author: Nhkum Naw Mai and Dustin Barter, Durable Peace Programme, Oxfam in Myanmar “Fighting broke out nearby in 2011 and we had to flee – a soldier died near us and then we moved here. On the day of fighting, we fled quickly; we had to run. We came here on a boat. I had a baby at that...
IDP camp in Kachin State
Duncan Green, Oxfam’s Senior Strategic Advisor reflects on power and politics from an IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp in Myitkyina, the Kachin state capital...
Participants in the Social Accountability Programming in Conflict settings workshop
'Long-running contestation over the right to govern territory or exercise decision-making lies at the heart of many of the conflicts in Myanmar’s ethnic areas. Myanmar has a diverse governance landscape with ethnic armed groups providing service delivery and administrative systems or...
'Roi Tsun (left) with other durable solution trainees, Photo by: Dustin Barter/ Oxfam
Author: Dustin Barter, MEAL and Communications Adviser, Durable Peace Programme, Oxfam in Myanmar It’s 2011. Civil war between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the Kachin Independence Army has resumed following a 17-year ceasefire. Will it reach your doorstep? If so, when? For some, it’s a...
Women workers from the villages where special economic zone will take place, are going for work in Kyauk Phyu Township, Rakhine State. Photo by: Soe Win Nyein/ Oxfam
Author: Yee Mon Oo, Communications and Media Coordinator, Oxfam in Myanmar Villagers in Thit Pote Taung are very concerned about the lack of transparency of investor and Government actions. They say they are living with uncertainty, because it is difficult to access information on the SEZ...