Carine Jaquet

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A village in Kachin State, Myanmar, controlled by the Kachin Independence Army, which was among the first groups to sign a cease-fire with the former ruling junta. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times

The National League for Democracy celebrated its first year in power recently, and the record of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s young government, which succeeded decades of military rule, already is disappointing some ethnic groups and outside observers, notably when it comes to human rights. But these shortcomings also reflect the staggering challenges of pursuing the country’s transition to democracy, and some of the unexpected side effects.

Consider the conflict in Kachin, a northern state nestled between India and China. I last was in Myitkyina, the state capital, in February. Valentine’s Day was quiet in the city. Couples had gathered in tea shops for strawberry juices.…  Seguir leyendo »