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From one nightmare to another

Friday 15 May 2015 - Behind the image

Rohingya migrants sit on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. ( AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT)

(AFP Photo / Christophe Archambault)

From one nightmare to another

"We are here in the hope our pictures can put a human face on this crisis," writes the AFP photographer Christophe Archambault, who travelled to the Andaman Sea to find a boat carrying hundreds of migrants from the persecuted Rohingya minority, adrift off the Thai coast. "My first reaction is shock. Their faces are completely emaciated. You can see their ribcages, their pointed shoulder bones. We are witnessing a situation of absolute horror."

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Win Tin: From AFP editor to Myanmar political dissident

Tuesday 22 April 2014 - Eye witness

The dissident and former journalist Win Tin in his Yangon home, June 2013. (AFP Photo / Ye Aung Thu)

Win Tin, 84, was the country’s longest serving political prisoner and, with Aung San Suu Kyi, co-founded the National League for Democracy. He started his career in the early 1950s as a night editor for AFP in Yangon, before entering into politics after the 1962 coup. AFP's Myanmar correspondent Hla Hla Htay and the former Yangon bureau chief Didier Lauras recently met with Win Tin in his home. (AFP Photo/Ye Aung Thu)

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Burma's long and winding road

Thursday 22 November 2012 - Decoding

US President Barack Obama stands next to Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they leave after making a speech at her residence in Yangon on November 19, 2012.

Stephen Collinson’s forays for AFP during the 1990s into Burma – renamed “Myanmar” by a brutal military junta determined to quarantine their nation from outside influence – offered veiled glimpses into one of the most repressive police states in the world.  Twenty years later, Collinson returns as White House correspondent, trailing Barack Obama, to a country opening up at startling speed and moving, albeit fitfully, toward democracy. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

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The Yangon kiss

Tuesday 20 November 2012 - Behind the image

US President Barack Obama and Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi embrace after speaking to the media at Suu Kyi's Yangon residence on November 19, 2012.
AFP PHOTO/Nicolas Asfouri

The Yangon kiss

The image of President Barack Obama planting a firm kiss on the cheek of Myanmar opposition legend Aung San Suu Kyi caused quite a stir across much of the Asian region, where formal greetings between people are often limited to a prayer-like salute and a broad smile. AFP’s Bangkok photographer Nicolas Asfouri talks about he captured the historic image. (Nicolas Asfouri)

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Myanmar thaw: a dissident stays in the shadows

Thursday 18 October 2012 - Debriefing

Photo taken 29 September 2007 showing people marching in protest in Yangon in the strongest show of dissent against the ruling generals in nearly two decades.

"I met him for the first time in 2007, while he was on the run from the secret police," recalls Hong Kong-based AFP reporter Anuj Chopra, speaking of a Burmese political activist long at odds with his country's military regime. They met in a Japanese restaurant in one of the swankiest hotels in Yangon, the country’s largest city. "It was an improbable venue for a rendezvous with someone atop the government's 'most wanted' list..." (AFP PHOTO / Mizzima News)

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