July 26, 2011 / Photo Shoots
Myanmar has been at the center of political unrest and human rights violations for decades. Even though Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have collected a vast amount of information on the subject, most Americans are uninformed and unaware of the plight of the Burmese people. During my travels along the Thailand and Myanmar border, I was exposed to Burmese refugees who had suffered greatly at the hands of the government. Despite the government denying access to journalists and photographers, I was able to photograph some of the refugees living along the Thai border. Although none of the images graphically show beatings and killings of the Burmese tribes’ people, they are still very powerful and reveal a lot about the people and their current environment. Through this image of a Burmese refugee boy, I wanted to capture the hardship and strength in his eyes and expression.