Burma Untold is a photographic exhibition from a group of artists, giving voice to the stories of those often left unheard. I had the great privilege of helping out with the exhibition by making a little video.
If you would like to find out more about the show, head over to the Buma Untold website here.
The funds you so graciously donate will be put towards the printing of photographs, transportation of artwork, venue hire, invitations and gallery signage. Our ultimate goal is to be able to give all proceeds to the people who have shared their stories. If you feel so inclined, please head to our donate page to purchase prints or give to the cause.
Why should we care?
The Burmese people have experienced decades of oppression under a succession of military regimes. By the end of 2002 an estimated 600,000 Burmese had been internally displaced, including people who were forcibly removed from their homes by the military, and others who fled the areas of conflict because they couldn’t survive there.
Some built camps in remote areas where people still live impoverished today. At the same time, more than a half million Burmese had sought refuge in neighbouring countries. In the past two years an uncertain peace has returned to many areas, but until peace negotiations are finalised and the constitution revised, fear and poverty will persist, and permanent peace will be uncertain.
The Australian government, together with governments in other countries has been active in supporting measures to end poverty and encourage a peaceful outcome. There are currently over 12,000 people from Burma who have resettled in Australia and while most people express their admiration and gratitude towards Australia, they are still longing for reform in their homeland.