I would like to share with you some of the photos taken during my trip to Myanmar from March 21 to 27 during which I visited the western state of Rakhine.
[March 22, 2019, Sittwe, Rakhine State]
Meeting with Dr. Win Myat Aye,
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (right)
Meeting with Colonel Phone Tint,
Minister for Security and Border Affairs of Rakhine State (left)
Meeting with Mr. San Kyaw Hla,
Speaker of Rakhine State Hluttaw (right)
With senior members of the Arakan National Party
[March 23, 2019, Rakhine State]
Before boarding a military helicopter at Sittwe Airport
At the Hla Poe Kaung Transit Camp for people returning from Bangladesh
Makeshift camp built by China using what appear to be metallic freight ontainers. It must be hard to live in them, considering the temperature.
Inside one of the containers. It’s as basic as this.
Town meeting with villagers of three religions – Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism−getting along well, living in Shwe Zar Village
Taking in the view from the watch tower on the border with Bangladesh
An elementary school built with The Nippon Foundation’s support in a conflict-affected area
Surveying the scene from the military helicopter
What appears to be a Rohingya village that was attacked and torched, with the remains of a house visible
[March 24, 2019, Rakhine State]
Taking a speedboat to the Kyein Ni Pyin IDP camp.
Being a non-swimmer, I was the only one wearing a life vest.
Next, a farming tractor.
Town meeting with people living in the Kyein Ni Pyin IDP camp
IDPs gathered for town meeting
About 6,000 IDPs comprising 1,300 households have been living in the Kyein Ni Pyin camp in the suburbs of Sittwe since 2012
Like a prison, no contact with outside world is allowed
Their movements restricted, they are unable to leave the camp compound.
Getting briefed by representatives of IDPs on their lives in the Thet Kae Pyin Camp since 2012
IDPs confined to a narrow, dark space
[March 25, 2019, Nay Pyi Taw]
Meeting with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing,
Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services (right)
Meeting with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (right)
[March 26, 2019, Nay Pyi Taw]
Meeting with Ms. Christine Schraner Burgener,
U.N. Special Envoy on Myanmar (second from left)
Meeting with Mr. Kyaw Tint Swe,
Union Minister for the Office of State Counsellor (left)