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A brief glimpse of secretive Myanmar

Taking advantage of a relatively open period after the 2015 election, Claire Hammond explored the country’s interior through its complex, unofficial railway network

29 June 2024

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On the Shadow Tracks: A Journey Through Occupied Myanmar Clare Hammond

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