Days before democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi led her lawmakers into parliament as Burma’s government-in-waiting, Ei Than watched bulldozers sent by the military destroy her house in a slum on the outskirts of Rangoon.
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Settlers have returned to the Irrawaddy River-bank after local authorities evicted over 400 families before King Harald and Queen Sonya of Norway sailed the Mandalay stretch of the river.
Up to 80,000 people living in a shantytown in Rangoon’s Dagon Seikkan Township have been declared illegal squatters and are now facing eviction.
Squatters in Hlaing Tharyar township in Rangoon are rebuilding their huts alongside the Shwe Lin Pan Industrial Zone. They were previously evicted from the site by the municipal department, but they haven’t been able to find anywhere else to live.