Social Documentary Photography – Forcing Farmers Into Poverty Thilawa, Myanmar

More people having their lives upturned by their own governments. In whose interest?

Edge of Humanity Magazine

This social documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Documentary & Architecture Photographer Raphael Olschner.

From project “Thilawa Forced Relocation” by Raphael Olschner.

Click on any image to see Raphael’s portfolio and projects.

Impoverishment of relocated farmers at Thilawa Special Economic Zone

Myanmar is hoping to attract international investment with the construction of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Bulldozers are already flattening the land. They are forcibly removing the villagers who have been farming the land for generations. The farmers are relocated to a site where their old lifestyle is impossible. Houses are built right on top of each other, there is no land to farm or raise livestock. The government provided compensation, but this is neither enough to build a new house or to live off. The villagers were promised jobs but these have not materialised. With no adequate compensation and their…

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

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