2004 Photo Contest, People in the News, Stories, Honorable mention
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Olivier Pin-Fat

Agence Vu

01 August, 2003

A Pa-O escort and informer for the Shan State Army (SSA) smokes his opium pipe in the forest. The Shan people are the dominant ethnic group of an isolated and densely forested mountain region in northeast Burma. Running through the area is part of the Golden Triangle, where much of the world's opium and heroin is produced. Human rights groups have said that the Shan, along with other minorities, have been subject to forced labor and torture at the hands of the Burmese military. The SSA is waging armed insurrection against the Burmese military junta in the hope of Shan self-determination.

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