Photo essay: Chin National Day and Land Rights

A Chin dance on National Day celebrations bringing together communities across the state together to celebrate their identity. (Hakha, Myanmar, 20 February 2019)

Clans from across Chin State gather and form a ring to begin their traditional dance and opening ceremony. (Hakha, Myanmar, 20 February 2019)

Chin tribes from around the city of Hakha gather for Chin National Day celebrations. (Hakha, Myanmar, 20 February 2019)

Village elders lead a dance honouring ancestors in Hakha. (Hakha, Myanmar, 20 February 2019)

The chief’s daughter is carried from the celebration to her home. On Chin National Day many traditions are still celebrated, such as this one. (Hakha, Myanmar, 20 February 2019)

The Chin are very proud of their identity and connection to the land. Here young people gather in Hakha for Chin National Day. (Hakha, Myanmar, 20 February 2019)

Chin MP Za Tlem is raising land rights in local parliament and calling for land that was grabbed in previous year to be returned to their rightful Chin landholders. (Hakha, Myanmar, 20 February 2019)

Chin farmer Run Peng holds up an elephant foot yam, a crop that is becoming popular in Chin State. (Hakha, Myanmar, 20 February 2019)

A woman winnowing rice husks outside her home during harvest time. (Hakha, Myanmar, 20 February 2019)

Dawt Cung holds up his family’s land registration. (Hakha, Myanmar, 20 February 2019)

Land in Chin State has traditionally been owned collectively in villages. (Hakha, Myanmar, 20 February 2019)

Pictures by Libby Hogan.

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