I woke up one morning early in June 2011 in Northern Thailand to a short message from a top Kachin Independence Organisation intelligence officer “if possible you better come, there is going to be a big war“. I booked my ticket that day and arrived 3 days later. It was a unique moment in rebel capital Laiza and in the history of the region.
Sakse photographer Hkun Lat's critically claimed photo-series Fog of War won 2nd place at the 2015 Yangon Photo Festival. Fog of War tells the story of Kachin State on both sides of the fighting, all through Kachin native Hkun Lat's eyes.
In mid November the United Nations ‘hailed’ the signing of a ceasefire in Myanmar, describing it as “historic”. However, less than half of the armed ethnic groups involved in the process actually signed the agreement and fighting continues as the oldest civil wars in the world continues to rage along the country’s Northern borders. November 2015