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Myanmar’s Paletwa Township: A Photo Essay

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Bobby Anderson captures Myanmar’s Paletwa Township in Chin State, and parts of neighboring Rakhine.

Myanmar’s Paletwa Township, in southern Chin State, is defined by the Kaladan River, which stretches from Northeastern India to the Bay of Bengal. The river is market, highway, and lifeline for the communities who live on and from it. Bobby Anderson, author of a recent Tea Circle series on Paletwa, frequently finds himself on the Kaladan, in both Chin and Rakhine: some of what he is lucky to see there is found in the photo essay below.

The Paletwa town dock, July 2017.
Samee, eastern Paletwa Township, July 2017.
Construction workers on the Kyauktaw – Paletwa road, January 2018.
Exploring mom’s smart phone, Paletwa, October 2017.
The Kaladan River at dawn, just south of the town dock, January 2018.
A village on the upper reaches of the Kaladan River, August 2017.
Rain at twilight, Mrauk U, Rakhine, August 2017.
Sunrise on the Kaladan, January 2018.
Rain on the Sittwe – Kyauktaw Road, August 2017.
Chin girls on the upper reaches of the Kaladan River, November 2017.
Chin girls, Samee, Paletwa, August 2017.
Houses on the western bank of the Kaladan River, January 2018.
The Kaladan river, south of Paletwa town, August 2017.
A construction worker on the Kyauktaw – Paletwa road, September 2017.
Samee, eastern Paletwa Township, July 2017.
The Kaladan River at dawn, north of Paletwa town, January 2018.