Burmese Days – Photos from Myanmar

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My flight in to Myanmar followed Air Force One in from Bangkok. President Obama was in the region for diplomatic events in Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. The major routes around Yangon University were packed with people were out on the streets waving US flags and covering themselves in red, white and blue face paint.
Myanmar (or “Burma” as it’s historically been known) is a country going through a huge transition…

 

Without getting too far into things, Myanmar has been ruled by a military junta for the better part of 50 years. Things are beginning to change, but it’s been a slow process. I was lucky enough to watch the Presidents speech with some locals, huddled around a dimly lit TV screen. All eyes were locked intently on the display for the entire duration of his speech.

Part of my trip to Myanmar involved visiting an aids clinics in different areas of Yangon and the rest of the country. It was difficult to hear stories about how much stress doctors are put under while trying to do their jobs in the public health system. Often hospitals are so under supplied that doctors must go out-of-pocket and buy the medicine to take care of their patients. There also continues to be a huge knowledge gap in Myanmar about HIV and there is a very negative social stigma placed on those who live with the virus. Privacy and discretion is very important. Until the government adopts a better public plan to deal with the country’s health and education problems, people will continue to struggle.

Political madness aside, Burma is a beautiful country and Burmese people are easily some of the friendliest I’ve ever met.

Written by Cameron Brown

December 6th, 2012 at 12:01 am

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  1. Can I order prints from you? You have some amazing photos

    Chrissy Roland

    6 Dec 12 at 2:27 am

  2. What magnificent photos, but then I can tell that Burma is a photogenic country. Thank you. Looking forward to a visit there in Feb. 2013. akajunko

    Akajunko

    6 Dec 12 at 10:54 am

  3. Wow, beautiful beautiful pictures!! I am feeling even more inspired to visit the country now. Thanks for sharing, Marianne, Denmark.

    Lemyff

    6 Dec 12 at 1:28 pm

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