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Aung San Suu Kyi, in her bungalow in Rangoon, April 1, 1998 (Joachim Ladefoged / VII)

Dissident Thunder

How an insurgent movement of pro-democracy activists—from underground, in exile, or in prison—returned to take Burma’s military junta by political storm.

Most villages within Karen state are only accessible through a network of jungle paths. Supplies are carried in by  porters, many of them  young women who carry up to fifty pounds up and down steep mountain routes. Medical supplies, as well as basic necessities, are smuggled in from Thailand then trekked to remote villages.

The Black Zone

Aung San Suu Kyi and democracy may have pushed Burma from an isolated nation to potential partner to the rest of the world. But a trip deep inside the rebel camps tells a different story.