Stories

This is Myanmar Version of "I thought I was dead" - a true story of a strong girl, survivor of Cyclone Nargis, ျမန္မာနုိင္ငံသည္ ပထ၀ီအေနအထားအရ ဆုိင္ကလုန္းမုန္တုိင္း၊ ဆူနာမီ၊ ေျမငလ်င္၊ ေရၾကီးျခင္း၊ ေျမျပိဳျခင္းႏွင့္ နုိင္ငံအလယ္ပိုင္းတြင္ မုိးေခါင္ေရရွားျခင္းစသည့္ သဘာဝေဘးအႏၱရာယ္မ်ိဳးစံု...
Back of Thet Htar, Looking at water
“I wanted to die and I decided to die. I gave-up.” “It is strange, really strange. When I gave-up, I was drawn into the water. The feeling was so horrible. My head, my ears, my nose were out of my control and the pain I suffered is not comparable to anything. Then, I suddenly awoke and realized: I...
Ja Bawk & Ja Ring Aung, making traditional hats
Written by Dustin Barter and Nhkum Naw Mai/ Oxfam in Myanmar Displaced people in Kachin lost not only all their belongings, they left behind their most important economic asset – their land. Displaced people are predominantly from agricultural backgrounds. They now live in urban camps, and with no...
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...

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