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Myanmar - Taunggy Handicapped Centre
Taunggy, Myanmar
By Piergiorgio Pescali
30 Aug 2012

This legless woman feeds an orphaned child with milk. Catholic Nuns run this centre for the disabled in Taunggy, Myanmar. State run hospitals do not have enough experience to deal with handicapped people, so they can only rely on thic catholic centre

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Myanmar - Taunggy Handicapped Centre
Taunggy, Myanmar
By Piergiorgio Pescali
30 Aug 2012

Orphan children are received in this center for the disabled. Catholic Nuns run the centre in Taunggy, Myanmar. State run hospitals do not have enough experience to deal with handicapped people, so they can only rely on thic catholic centre.

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Myanmar - Dispensary in a remote village
Zawgyi, Myanmar
By Piergiorgio Pescali
30 Aug 2012

Sister Mary is responsible for taking care of the dispensary in Zawgyi Village, Mandalay District, where a female-orphanage is located. The nearest dispensary is in Mandaly, two hours by car from this small village, so Sister Mary takes care of all the people of Zawgyi and nearby villages.

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Myanmar, Yangon, Poor family
Yangon, Myanmar
By Piergiorgio Pescali
30 Aug 2012

This family is one of the poorest, living in the outskirts of Yangon, near Insein Prison. English soccer players and religious posters fill up the paper-wall which divide the tiny wooden house into two rooms. Catholic Caritas help this family by giving food and paying the daughter's school fee.

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Myanmar, Kawthaung , Kindergarten
Kawthaung, Myanmar
By Piergiorgio Pescali
30 Aug 2012

This kindergarten is run by Catholic Nuns, but 90% of children are from buddhist families. Public kindergarten in Myanmar is often considered at a low level, so when it is possible, people send their children at private institutes.

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Myanmar, Kawthaung Kindergarten
Kawthaung, Myanmar
By Piergiorgio Pescali
30 Aug 2012

This kindergarten is run by Catholic Nuns, but 90% of children are from Buddhist families. Public kindergarten in Myanmar is often reputed to be at a low level, so when it is possible, people send their children to private institutes.

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Myanmar, Kawthaung Kindergarten
Kawthaung, Myanmar
By Piergiorgio Pescali
30 Aug 2012

This kindergarten is run by Catholic Nuns, but 90% of children are from Buddhist families. Public kindergarten in Myanmar is often reputed to be at a low level, so when it is possible, people send their children to private institutes.

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Editor's Picks for 7 Aug 2012
Asia
By Editor's Picks
05 Aug 2012

Accused 93 Year Old Australian Child Abuser Caught In Burma
Karl Joseph Kraus, 93, was apprehended in Myanmar's Karen state on Tuesday, July 24 and transported back to the Thai border to be handed over to Thailand police. Krause had skipped bail in December 2011 for charges of raping 4 underage girls in Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai. The four sisters ranged in age from 5 - 12 at the time of the alleged offenses. Kraus reportedly lured the young Thai sisters to his house, promising them chocolates and English lessons. Kraus was born in Berlin and migrated to Australia, working as a railway worker, until his retirement.

Lebanon Declines Iran's Invitation to Conference On Syrian Crisis
After meeting with the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Saeed Jalili, on Monday, August 6 in Beirut, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour told reporters that Lebanon declined an invitation to attend a conference in Iran addressing the crisis in Syria. During the meeting, talks focused on the Syrian crisis with Jalili asserting that cooperation is in the best interest of Muslim nations and countries in the region. After consulting, President Suleiman, PM Mikati and Speaker Berri declined due to Lebanon's policy of not associating with other countries' internal affairs.

Mourning 16 Soldiers Killed At Rafah Border
Egypt’s Presidency announced Monday, August 6, a three-day mourning nationwide honoring the 16 soldiers killed by unknown gunmen at the bordering town of Rafah in Sinai Sunday evening. Eyewitnesses among the residents of Rafah said the gunmen launched a fierce attack on the border guard soldiers and seized two armored vehicles, taking one of them and heading to the Israeli territories. The residents call on President Mohamed Morsi and Defense Minister Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi to intensify security at the bordering areas in Sinai.

Interviews With Family Of Soldier Killed By RPG
Interviews with family, forensic report, and death certificate of Egyptian soldier, Mahmoud Sabry Mohammed Abdallah, killed on May 2, 2012 by a rocket propelled grenade in the Sinai.

Military Funeral Of Rafah Border Victims

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Kachin Refugee Camp soundbite B
Kachin State, Burma
By newzgathering
30 Nov 2011

Doi Pi Sa La, Kachin Refugee camp co-ordinator needs more supplies and housing for the displaced civilians.

1st Sound-bite

The most important thing we need is medicine because many of the refugees are often sick. We desperately need medication supplies to properly treat them.

2nd Sound-bite

The fighting is close to Laiza right now. Our refugee camp is no longer secure and is too small. The number of people arriving is increasing. Many of them are sick and need proper facilities so we need to re-locate soon.

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Kachin general
Kachin State, Burma
By newzgathering
30 Nov 2011

Kachin general - 70.2 mb

Kachin independent Army General Ji Naw La Zing.( in the war room in capital of Laiza, with a commander looking over troop movements in the region.

1st Sound-bite

The Burmese soldier are raping women and shooting civilians but don't report to their commanders. 02:34:18:13 They never give these reports to the commander because they think that raping and killing Kachin people is not a big deal.

2nd Sound-bite

Our territory has every things. We sell the resources here to the Chinese but we only end up with 1% of the profit. The junta keeps all the money in the southern part of the country. They don't share with us at all.

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New refugee camps in Kachin state as ...
Burma
By newzgathering
05 Oct 2011

Original footage shot 1920x1080 HD with Sony PWM EX 1
Health Clinic :02 – 1:30
Soldier and wife w/new baby starting at 1:30 – 2:00
Temporary bamboos school classroom starting at 2:05 – 2:38

Recent fighting in Burma's Kachin state has created massive displacement of the civilian population following the government forces' breaking a 17-year cease-fire agreement with the ethnic state.

More than 20,000 people have been displaced in Burma's Kachin state as the government troops continue to build up forces in the ethnic – controlled areas near key dam construction sites.

Outside the capital of the ethnic – army controlled city of Laiza, more than 500 bamboo huts have been erected for the fleeing families, along with a make-shift school and a health clinic to treat the growing cases of sicknesses such as dysentery and eye infections.

A food supply tent - mostly stocked by local donations made by church and local NGOs - is running low on supplies.

International aid has been cut off by Burmese government and refugees attempting to flee across the border into China have largely been pushed back by Chinese security forces.

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New refugee camps in Kachin state as ...
Burma
By newzgathering
05 Oct 2011

Original footage shot 1920x1080 HD with Sony PWM EX 1
Refugee construction starting at :5 sec – 2:49
Recent fighting in Burma's Kachin state has created massive displacement of the civilian population following the government forces' breaking a 17-year cease-fire agreement with the ethnic state.

More than 20,000 people have been displaced in Burma's Kachin state as the government troops continue to build up forces in the ethnic – controlled areas near key dam construction sites.

Outside the capital of the ethnic – army controlled city of Laiza, more than 500 bamboo huts have been erected for the fleeing families, along with a make-shift school and a health clinic to treat the growing cases of sicknesses such as dysentery and eye infections.

A food supply tent - mostly stocked by local donations made by church and local NGOs - is running low on supplies.

International aid has been cut off by Burmese government and refugees attempting to flee across the border into China have largely been pushed back by Chinese security forces.

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New refugee camps in Kachin state as ...
Burma
By newzgathering
05 Oct 2011

Original footage shot 1920x1080 HD with Sony PWM EX 1
Unsanitary water supplies starting at .30 sec
Food supplies starting at 1:20 sec
Recent fighting in Burma's Kachin state has created massive displacement of the civilian population following the government forces' breaking a 17-year cease-fire agreement with the ethnic state.

More than 20,000 people have been displaced in Burma's Kachin state as the government troops continue to build up forces in the ethnic – controlled areas near key dam construction sites.

Outside the capital of the ethnic – army controlled city of Laiza, more than 500 bamboo huts have been erected for the fleeing families, along with a make-shift school and a health clinic to treat the growing cases of sicknesses such as dysentery and eye infections.

A food supply tent - mostly stocked by local donations made by church and local NGOs - is running low on supplies.

International aid has been cut off by Burmese government and refugees attempting to flee across the border into China have largely been pushed back by Chinese security forces.

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Rare Exclusive Footage Shot Secretly ...
Burma
By newzgathering
04 Oct 2011

Original footage 1920x1080 Sony PMW EX1 camera, central Kachin state, Burma
Conflict in Kachin state (Burma)
In a landmark decision, the new Burma government has temporarily halted construction of the Myitsone Dam in Burma's Kachin state, (Sept 20/2011) as a result of condemnation of the proposed environmental disaster, both from within the country as well as critics abroad.
Recent fighting between the ethnic Kachin Independent Army (KIA) and Myanmar forces at key dam sites has resulted in massive displacement of the general population.
More than 30,000 people have been displaced in Kachin and Shan state as the government troops continue to build up forces in the ethnic – controlled areas.
The country's second largest ethnic army has been on hight alert guarding their front lines following attacks by Myanmar troops - beginning June 9th – that effectively broke a tenuous 17 - year cease-fire agreement.
International aid has been cut off by Burmese government and refugees fleeing the fighting have been refused safe haven, across the border into China.

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Rare Exclusive Footage Shot Secretly ...
Burma
By newzgathering
04 Oct 2011

Original footage 1920x1080 Sony PMW EX1 camera, central Kachin state, Burma

More than 30,000 people have been displaced in Kachin and Shan state as the government troops continue to build up forces in the ethnic – controlled areas following attacks by Myanmar troops - beginning June 9th – that effectively broke a tenuous 17 - year cease-fire agreement.

Lack of clean water and food as well as exposure to the elements has resulted in a health crisis within the conflict zone, particularly with old people and children.
International aid has been cut off by Burmese government and refugees fleeing the fighting have been refused safe haven, across the border into China.

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Rare Exclusive Footage Shot Secretly ...
Burma
By newzgathering
04 Oct 2011

Original footage 1920x1080 Sony PMW EX1 camera, central Kachin state, Burma
Kachin Independent Army (KIA) soldiers have increased forces in areas overlooking Taping 1 and Taping 2 dam sites in central Kachin state, where Burma government forces broke a 17-year cease-fire agreement in June.
Reports of human rights abuses by Burmese government forces have been documented, including rape, torture and forced portering.
As a result, the KIA has increase reinforcements in areas of attacks, to protect resources and the population.

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Child dump 09
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
08 Apr 2011

Si Thun Khant, 6, plays by the main entrance path at Mae Sot garbage dump.

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Burmese Migrant Children Live Among t...
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
24 Mar 2011

Along the Thai-Burmese border, the town of Mae Sot has become a refuge for many Burmese immigrant families. Thousands of citizens of Myanmar (formerly Burma) cross the border to escape from the still ongoing conflict between Burmese armed forces and ethnic minorities. They also look for a better economic condition.

According to government statistics, there are at least two million Burmese nationals working in Thailand; at least three quarters of them are illegal. This status and the lack of connection forces many people to live at a large garbage dump just outside of Mae Sot.

By collecting recyclable materials, people can make about 100 baht (2.5 euros) per day. At present, approximately fifty families are living in bamboo huts built on mountains of waste. The children begin to work in the dump even at the age of 6 or 7, but it is around 11 or 12 when they get more involved with the landfill. They have to help their parents to collect trash or care for the whole household. Despite the terrible condition, children have to survive at the dump site as their parents feel Thailand is much more safe than the Burmese jungle where they would be killed or die of malnourishment

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Child dump 06
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
24 Mar 2011

A Burmese child runs by the dump while people burn pieces of metal covered by plastic to recycle the steel.

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Child dump 07
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
24 Mar 2011

A local child at the garbage dump prepares his bed at his family's hut.

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Child dump 08
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
24 Mar 2011

A mother feeds her child. In the garbage dump, every family has a minimum of three children.

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Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
24 Mar 2011

Burmese child at the local recycling plant which is under surveillance all the night.

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Child dump 02
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
13 Mar 2011

A child walks on the garbage dump.The rest of the garbage already sorted by the local recycling plant arrives at the dump site six to ten times a day.

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Child dump 13
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
09 Mar 2011

Children living in the dump study at night with a candlelight.

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Child dump 03
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
01 Mar 2011

A son of a Burmese illegal migrant is recycling plastic at the local garbage dump at Mae Sot, Thailand.

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Child dump 05
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
01 Mar 2011

A Thai dealer comes to buy recycled plastic and aluminum from the Burmese migrants living at the dump.

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Child dump 01
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
22 Feb 2011

Khin Khin Thwe is a 12 year old girl from Karen state that has been living in the garbage dump with her mother and three other sisters for 4 years.

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Child dump 04
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
22 Feb 2011

A Burmese child with her mother living just in front of a big garbage pile.

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Child dump 10
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
22 Feb 2011

Burmese kids, who live in a hut by the trash, have their breakfast as machinery moves the dusty garbage.

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Child dump 11
Mae Sot, Thailand
By vincenzo floramo
18 Feb 2011

Sien Let Wai, 11, washes himself in the contaminated water pound at the garbage dump.

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Rohingya #09
Sittwe
By Lauren DeCicca
01 Jan 2000

Myanmar has been in a stage of rapid transition throughout the past couple of years with advancements in development and western trade. However, the Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic minority in the western Rakhine State of Burma, have remained one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. June 11, 2012 marked the first in a series of “The Rahkine State riots”, conflicts between Rahkine Buddhists and the Muslim minority, leaving approximately 100,000 Muslims displaced and living in internal displacement camps. They are jobless, living in makeshift tents, and surviving on rations from NGO’s and private donors. Issues surrounding sanitation, nutrition and healthcare are serious problems these people are facing. The Rohingyas struggle between wanting resettlement and wanting to move to a more welcoming country. They have been stripped of their human rights and this essay aims to document the prolonged deterioration of their freedoms instead of the select instances of violence.

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Rohingya #20
Maungdaw
By Lauren DeCicca
01 Jan 2000

Myanmar has been in a stage of rapid transition throughout the past couple of years with advancements in development and western trade. However, the Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic minority in the western Rakhine State of Burma, have remained one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. June 11, 2012 marked the first in a series of “The Rahkine State riots”, conflicts between Rahkine Buddhists and the Muslim minority, leaving approximately 100,000 Muslims displaced and living in internal displacement camps. They are jobless, living in makeshift tents, and surviving on rations from NGO’s and private donors. Issues surrounding sanitation, nutrition and healthcare are serious problems these people are facing. The Rohingyas struggle between wanting resettlement and wanting to move to a more welcoming country. They have been stripped of their human rights and this essay aims to document the prolonged deterioration of their freedoms instead of the select instances of violence.