THE STATE WE ARE IN { 60 images } Created 30 Jan 2012

In 1962 a military coup saw Burma, an isolated Buddhist country in South-East Asia, come under the power of one of the world's most brutal regimes. For the past five decades, the country has been ruled through fear and oppression that has seen thousands of people arrested, tortured and given long prison sentences for openly expressing their beliefs as well as crimes against humanity being committed in the country's ethnic regions. More than a million people have been left internally displaced and over 150,000 now live as stateless refugees on Burma's numerous borders. Whilst the democracy movement once again gathers pace under the renewed leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi, the people of Burma remain shackled by an authoritarian regime and are left to suffer silently in the hope that one day true freedom will be theirs.

(This photo story collection documents the years before Burma's new civilian government took control of the country in mid-2011 and commenced its path towards democratic change)
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