Voices from Burma

In 2007, they tried to arrest me two times, when I shot photos of the monk uprising, and also when they tried to arrest the activist Su Su Nway. When they make arrests, they drag people like animals, so I shot photos of that. After, they tried to chase me. The government people were in plainclothes, but we knew. Everyone simply ran. Run, run, run. By then I didn’t dare sleep at my apartment, so I had to move around several times. They tried to raid my apartment, but I was already staying somewhere else

4 years ago Law Eh Soe was taking photos of the Saffron Revolution, this week in New York City he stood on a stage with well-known authors and actors and told his story. It was part of an event at the Asia Society that celebrated the powerful stories in the book Nowhere to be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma’s Military Regime. Well-known authors and actors who read excerpts of stories from the book joined Law Eh Soe as well. The military regime in Burma doesn’t want the world to hear from children who have been forced to become soldiers or activists who have been unjustly thrown in prison. Many of the people from Burma cannot publicly stand up and tell their story because of the ongoing culture of fear in the country. However, you can do something to help, by participating in USCB’s storytelling campaign, you can help put the human back in human rights and tell stories that desperately need to be heard.

Watch the full event here.

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