2004 Photo Contest, People in the News, Stories, Honorable mention

Olivier Pin-Fat

Agence Vu

01 August, 2003

Shan villagers sit in a field that they will clear to grow opium poppies. The farmers themselves make a pittance from the trade, much of which appears to be under the control of local warlords and militias. 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 Shan State Army (SSA) is waging armed insurrection against the Burmese military junta in the hope of Shan self-determination.

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Olivier Pin-Fat

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