From Cox’s Bazar to Yangon: published work from July and August 2019.
Tearsheets and snapshots from April-June 2019.
From Nagaland to Kawthaung and beyond. Work from February and March 2019.
From the streets of Hong Kong to being knee-deep in mangroves in the Irrawaddy Delta.
From boating up the mighty Salween River to motorcycling through the mountains of the Thai-Burma border. Work from November and December 2018.
From one coast to another and many reports and projects in-between.
From crouching in a boat going up the Salween River, to carrying a tripod up the side of a Nepalese mountain, to elbowing my way through a press-pack outside of a Yangon courtroom... August was quite a month.
Work for Associated Press, IDP camps, rice paddy fields, HIV/AIDS in Myanmar, child laborers, fake news in India and more from the past two months.
Work for Associated Press, covering peaceful protests turned violent, the impact of Cyclone Nargis ten years later, and other work from April/May.
I get a strange guilt when I look back at the month and realize I’ve only done a certain amount of work. March was one of those months where I spent a lot of time meeting with people, listening to their stories, and planning for bigger projects in the months to come — but I still managed to get some things done, including starting a weekly news round-up newsletter. Feel free to sign up here.
I kicked off the month with a story in New Naratif about how press freedom has experienced a massive decay under Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy. This topic is something that's been written about fairly extensively the past few months — but let's not forget that there are still journalists sitting in prison for simply doing their jobs. #FreeWaLoneKyawSoeOo
International Women’s Day was at the start of March, so what better time than to visit a rural women’s collective that is making reusable menstrual pads. I did a little video on the group, which is the first of its kind in Myanmar.
A photoshoot I did for SEA Globe also came out this week, featuring the talented and whip-smart Sandi Sein Thein.
ArtsEquator published a story I wrote about gallery director Nathalie Johnston. Getting to write about art and change-makers in the art world was a nice change from the regular news pace.
I did a video for Frontier Myanmar about Myanmar's first LGBT choir. Established in 2017 the group expresses itself through music and performance, while building a safe and supportive community.
The morning of my 28th birthday I strolled over the Yangon's old Secretariat building to snap a few photos of the Pyinsa Rasa opening, which a coworker is currently writing a story about.
But perhaps the biggest highlights from the month were running away to different cities to interview incredible people with stories I can't wait to share, while also sneaking in some time with loved ones from around the world.
Keeping this short, as I'm about to jump on a plane to Cambodia to meet with loved ones and an incredible group of female journalists.
Upwards and onwards, and thanks for reading.