In November 2015, I witnessed Myanmar – a country that endured military rule for two and half decades – successfully elect its favoured president in a democratic election. The first meaningful step towards democracy since 1990. The pulse of the nation, the excitement of Aung San Suu Kyi’s followers, was truly mesmerising.
The country itself occupies more than 135 ethnic groups that often live in tension with the ruling Burmese groups. In particular, the livelihood and history of the Rohingya minority in North West Myanmar is a telltale sign that the country’s commitment to equality and justice, hallmarks of democracy, is still far off.
Read some of the stories from Yangon and Sittwe: