Chan Chao

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Burma: Something Went Wrong

In the summer of 1996, I found my way to the Thai-Burma border and sought out student activists who had called for democracy in Burma during the 1988 uprising. At the border I visited a rebel camp set-up by an ethnic group called the Karen. There I met and photographed Karen rebels, exiled politicians and students, all of whom were working together to bring an end to the brutal military rule in Burma. A few months later, in an effort to curb insurgencies in the area, the military government overran and torched the camp. I returned to that same border in the summer of 1997 to visit with student activists, and then, in 1998, visited another ethnic group called the Chin, on the India-Burma border.

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