National Geographic

Photo by @chien_chi_chang | I had always been fascinated with Myanmar (Burma) ever since I read George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant. I have made over ten trips to Myanmar in the past decade. Back then, the military junta was insular and xenophobic, and I had to assume that every move I made and every word I said was being watched or listened to by Big Brother’s ubiquitous informers.
It was unlike any land I had been to or knew about before. Every trip was challenging—sometimes menacing but always exciting, too. When I first photographed the Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, as she was released from house arrest, I switched taxis three times for a 10-minute ride, stopping by a movie theatre and a shopping mall to shake off potential tails so as to reach The Lady's party headquarters in one piece.
It had become a matter of time before she would come to power. I could smell an urgent hunger for, and sense of, freedom in the air. For the first time, it seemed that democracy and human rights would prevail in Myanmar. I had high hopes for the country and its people. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad

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@laurent.guigue

😍So beautiful

@carlosvazquez9295

Andy body collect foreign bills willing to trade

@kingavaad

Did you Photoshop those riot shields?

@joelaudati117

Fake shields.

@easttownejewelers_mequon_wi

Yes when I was there I felt as I needed to always look over my shoulder & our guide wouldn’t get within miles of Aung San Suu Kyi at the time she was under house arrest..... even the Americans working there for “our” government were extremely rude to us .... I will never forget how beautiful it was and the amazing lovely people

@zeeandzeesvariety

Riding on bike fender sideways💽💽💽💽💽💽💽💽💽💽💽💽=💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪legs4🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲👈👈👈

@eileen_heard

Interesting

@frankmike1983

Freedom in Myanmar? Ever watch Rambo 4?

@susiehurwitz2923

And now is there any hope left?

@reshat84

@luvivanpersie you are either naïve or you live on your bubble christianity is responsible for so many genocides worldwide, they wiped hundreds of cultures, languages, legacies they even changed their native names just pointing at africans and american native populations, you tell me my point is all religions seek to expand and impose when you have human greed and other interests well it becomes an agenda not faith to put it simple west is trying to keep the domination vs east( by east meant arab doctrine nothing to do with islam faith)

@celesteiebbs2018

A story with no happy ending. Once a beacon of hope now a fading light about to be blow out, how very sad.

@fufluns97

Moo.🙌

@fufluns97

🙌kzkzx😉kkdzkkxoz

@hilary_it

😅😅

@wanderfulshot

Just went there. It isn't that bad anymore. Growing middle class.

@rufuscolby

@roberto.vidal they look like emojis

@brera100413

Who are you to judge the politics of other nation? You must be an American.

@tanner__anthony

But you know those root shields are obviously photoshopped, right?

@johnposar

@naumy haha this only conern wih military And then Rohinhya Muslims were not our citizen. WE CAN'T accept them.If u so like them u can call to your country.

@armando_little_mountain

Is it more or do those shields look like there were just coped and pasted

@mgratk

Sounds like what Alphabet, Google, Twitter, Facebook, SJWs, and democrats all want for the USA. Big Brother, every word, every move subjected to far left big brother. Chilling.

@jacobcsimmons

This is an offensively horrible example of photojournalism. Not only does the photo add nothing to the story, it looks as if it was photoshopped by a 8 year old with some emojis. You’ve been there 10 years and this is the best “representation” you could come up with? Blatantly and poorly bending the truth. NatGeo, you should be embarrassed.

@michiel.mich

@kelly_carr55 that's why you're misinformed. What does you having a degree have to do with that ignorant comment you made in the first place? Haha I pointed out what the problem is in Myanmar while you wanted to avoid a country with an so called oppressive regime? Jumping to conclusions without knowing the facts and why the government have intervened in the Rakhine state. Based on your statement Buddhists also live under a regime? Well that's a new one, I never knew....you clearly have sided with terrorists.

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