Seeds of Resilience
Photographer: Matias Bercovich
Exhibit Title: Seeds of Resilience
Location: Karen State, Myanmar
This project chronicles the Karen indigenous people's ongoing struggle for self-determination in Myanmar—a struggle that, despite being the world's longest civil conflict, remains largely unknown to the global public.
For more than 70 years, successive Burmese military governments have waged campaigns of repression and occupation of the Karen's ancestral territory. The inhabitants of these areas have resisted continuous human rights violations while striving to safeguard their environments, traditional practices, and identities.
In the aftermath of a military coup in 2021, the Myanmar Armed Forces have launched a major offensive to seize their last autonomous enclave in the Salween River basin, putting the survival of their heritage at risk. Over 100,000 internally displaced persons have been sheltering in the region's lush forests after fleeing their homes due to relentless waves of airstrikes.
When land is the basis of life, conflict and forced displacement strip people of their humanity. It disrupts the profound relationship of Karen communities to their ancestral territory, which sustains their culture and livelihoods and serves as a source of resilience in the face of adversity.
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