burma: democracy, raped

pi phiar vang


pi phiar vang, 52,

native of chin state, burma

participated in pro-democracy protests of 1988 and escaped to india following possible persecution

family earns less tha $3 for each day’s worth of factory labour

suffers from heart disease, tb and asthma…can’t afford government health facilities

confined to her bed, in a 10 by 12 room shared with 5 family members

fighting for unhcr refugee recognition for many years now


                                                    …the un recently convened a roundtable conference in geneva on the urgent need to work with governments across the world to protect refugees

                                                    …the two-day conference cost $1.6 million to host


~ by mentalsyrup on August 9, 2009.

9 Responses to “burma: democracy, raped”

  1. striking portrait.

  2. Spilled over from Harmanpreet’s blog. Glad I did that, brilliant pics.

  3. The picture sends shivers down the spine….

  4. Sushmit-
    You have lovely work here! I am so glad you dropped by my blog so I could now see yours! Do keep in touch!
    I have a lead for you- I think you should submit work to feature there. Will mail you.

  5. Excellent site, keep up the good work

  6. Great site…keep up the good work.

  7. This is unfortunate. Brilliant portrait though.

  8. bill, rohit – thanks for dropping by. yeah, the issue is pretty invisible in india and the more you dig into it, the darker it gets.

  9. befitting title. stunning portrait.
    makes me want to shout, ” when i grow up i want to be able to take photographs like that!”

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