Transforming lives among the Burmese Chin of New Delhi

By Simon Barrow
November 10, 2011

A remarkable photo exhibition is showing in Edinburgh through to the end of this month, featuring depictions of the Burmese Chin people by award-winning photographer Bharat Choudhary.

The show, which runs from 6-30 November 2011, is being sponsored by the Scottish charity Burma Assist, headed up by Chris Barr, which supports a Chin community tailoring training centre in New Delhi, India.

The official launch of the exhibition is taking place from 5-8pm on Saturday 12 November at Cafe Camino, located at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral in the Scottish capital (1 Little King Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JD).

In addition to the photos, there will be fine refreshments, a talk from the Burma Assist CEO, a DVD illustrating the situation of the Chin people and the charity's work, and a sale of Christmas cards and craft gifts.

Burma Assist's work is humanitarian relief aimed at helping a particular community - not least the women among them, whose livelihoods and status are particularly involved.

The Chin are one of the major ethnic groups originally from Burma (Myanmar) in Southeast Asia. For decades, they have suffered at the hands of the military regime there. As a predominantly Christian community, the Chin people are especially vulnerable as a result of their minority status - and many have sought refuge in other countries

Some 60,000 Chins live in extremely difficult conditions in India, existing on very scarce resources and sharing the plight of the local poor, plus some additional discrimination in housing, employment and healthcare.

Appropriately, the Burma Assist and Bharat Choudhary exhibition is entitled 'Searching for Home: Transforming Lives Among the Burmese Chin in Delhi'.

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