14 August 2020

Reimagining a better future in Kachin

One night in April 2018, Lahtaw Seng Hkawn was sleeping with her three children inside their village home in Injangyang, Myanmar when they heard gunfire close by. “We had to run immediately, there was no time to take anything but just the clothes on us,” she says. Since that outbreak of violence they, like many thousands of other families, have…, A fragile balance: praying for a vaccine, Mai Ra helping with house chores during lockdown Mai Ra helping with chores around the house and washing with friends. Since the lockdown, Mai Ra has been unable to attend her regular summer school and has spent her time helping her family with household chores. On any given day she can be found cleaning their small kitchen or sweeping the path…, Closed in, Lu Aung, 9-year-old ethnic Kachin IDP girl pictured in front of a handloom 9-year-old Lu Aung stands in front of a handloom When the gates of Maina IDP camp closed in April, the family of 9-year-old Kachin internally displaced  girl Lu Aung was not prepared to face the challenges to come, both financially and mentally. Her mother weaved…, “Suffocation and isolation”, Ze Naw with her husband, mother and five children Ze Naw, 36yr, is an ethnic Kachin woman and a mother of 5 children located in Maina IDP camp. As she speaks, she tends to her baby born less than 3 weeks ago. “When we first heard of the news, we decided to stock food,” she says. “We bought rice, oil, salt, dried fish and potatoes and then soon…, “I want to go to school”, Two portrait shots of Seng Hkawn, a 15-year-old ethnic Kachin girl Portrait of Seng Hkawn, a 15-year-old ethnic Kachin girl UNICEF/2020/Minzayar Oo     Seng Hkawn, a 15-year-old ethnic Kachin girl lives in Pa La Na IDP camp with her parents and two siblings. June 2020 should have been  an exciting time for her: she passed Grade-9 and was preparing…