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A woman from Shait Yang dries leaves which she will keep for selling when the lockdown is lifted


The Indomitable Spirit of Women in Kachin, Myanmar’

The  women of Kachin in northern Myanmar have been hugely impacted by the political instability, armed conflict, violence and the Covid-19 pandemic.

On February 1st 2021, the military seized control following the general election and ousted the country’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.  The military takeover led to new cycle of violence and clashes across different parts of the country.

The situation was compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic which limited the population’s access to basic services,  which was especially dire in the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Women in IDP camps in Kachin State were particularly affected by violence and Covid-19, as they are disproportionately impacted by the crises. But despite the enormous challenges, they are finding new ways to provide for their families.

Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Trócaire and our partners have helped empower women in Kachin through training on emergency preparedness and Covid-19 prevention. The women were also provided with dignity kits and psychological support, and had safe spaces created for them and their children.

These photos capture the courage and resilience of the women of Kachin as they provided for their families and communities during these difficult times.

This photo story was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of RANIR and Trócaire and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union. Photo credit: Yawng Htang, Sinwa Naw, Ring Nu Awng and Naw Ja, Relief Action Network for IDPs and Refugees ()



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