Dreams of a democracy
Myanmar is changing. The sorely tested country is working hard to recover from the brutality of more than 50 years of military dictatorship and of harrowing and deadly civil wars. 8 November its people went to the polls for what was hoped to be the first free and fair elections in 25 years. Regardless of the results, there will be a long and difficult journey before the dreams and hopes of the people can be fulfilled. The tasks ahead are tremendous. Thankfully, there are individuals all over this beautiful and rich country who spend every day struggling for a better future – strong, spirited fighters for peace, democracy and human dignity.
The people portrayed in this exhibition are all engaged in making a difference in their communities and for the country. Some of them show fearless and great leadership; some are battling the quiet struggles of everyday life, for the benefit of their neighbourhoods; others got lost on a path of intolerance and hatred. Each and every one of them has made great personal sacrifices in the fight for what they believe in.
Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
- Bergens Tidende