Returning from Myanmar’s Nagaland, a few of my stories began to be published. I took a look at what life is like in Naga, as well as the prospects for change now that a bridge providing access to the region has been built. I wrote about healthcare struggles in the region, as well as how recently passed land laws threaten the customary way of life for Naga people.
For Al Jazeera I dived in to what life is like for political prisoners in Myanmar once they are released from prison. Hint: it’s not as easy as just being “free.”
Speaking of political prisoners, I covered the trial of filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, who was arrested for criticizing the Myanmar military. (Update: Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi was later found guilty and sentenced to one year in prison.) Freedom of expression activists held a Blue Shirt campaign at his trial dates to raise awareness of the rising number of political prisoners in Myanmar today.
We moved ahead with the layout and planning of the land right and data journalism stories our small team has been working on since we were given a grant by the Pulitzer Center. More on that soon.
And I went to the homeland, visiting Croatia to spend time with relatives I’d never met before- along with a quick trip to Lithuania and Belarus.