Ethnic Lisu men look at an airplane during a crossbow shooting competition in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, on 29 March 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
A mountain road is seen in an ethnic Lisu village in Luzhang township of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, on 28 March 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
An ethnic Lisu woman bathes her daughter in Fugong township in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, on 25 March 2018. (Photo: Reuters)

Ethnic Lisu in China aim to save crossbow culture

For many ethnic Lisu, a mostly Christian minority who inhabit the Burma-China border region, the crossbow is an indispensable part of their culture dating back to 200 BC.

Gei Ling Maung recalls Henry Van Thio’s visit to Mindat. (Photo: Kimberley Phillips / DVB)
A Chin man displays his ceremonial headdress and bow on 20 February 2018. (Photo: Kimberley Phillips / DVB)
A Chin man displays his ceremonial headdress and earrings on 19 February 2018. (Photo: Kimberley Phillips / DVB)

In Pictures: Chin National Day celebrated in Mindat

Muskets and melodies kicked off celebrations for the 70th Chin National Day in Mindat, Chin State, on Monday, commemorating the remote region’s long struggle for democracy and self-determination.

Soldiers rock out during a closing performance by a local musical group. (Photo: Brennan O’Connor for DVB)
Loi Tai Leng, located in the mountainous southern Shan State, is the political and military headquarters for the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army-South. (Photo: Brennan O’Connor for DVB)
During a press conference on Shan State National Day, RCSS/SSA-S Chairman Lieutenant General Yawd Serk appeared hopeful about the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement despite setbacks caused by the army blocking public consultation meetings in advance of a Shan national-level political dialogue. (Photo: Brennan O’Connor for DVB)

In Pictures: Shan National Day draws a crowd to RCSS’s border headquarters

During the 71st Shan State National Day commemoration at the headquarters of the Restoration Council of Shan State’s Loi Tai Leng headquarters, European ambassadors and UN representatives rubbed shoulders with…

Yay Way cemetery in Rangoon, 5 October 2017. (Photo: DVB)
Yay Way cemetery in Rangoon, 5 October 2017. (Photo: DVB)
Yay Way cemetery in Rangoon, 5 October 2017. (PHOTO: Ye Mon/ DVB)

Dinner for the Spirits

As part of the traditional Buddhist festival of Thadingyut, devotees flock to cemeteries at this time every year to offer food to the spirits of their ancestors.

An aerial view of the Sha-it Yang camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin State. (Photo: Ryan Libre / Sakse)
Inside the makeshift shelters, fires burn throughout the night to keep their occupants warm, filling the shelters with smoke. The shelters offer little protection from the cold, wind and rain.(Photo: Ryan Libre / Sakse)
A local militia member, also an IDP, patrols the camp as celebrations from the Chinese New Year take place just over the border. For some, the loud explosions from the fireworks are an eerie reminder of the fighting they’ve just fled. (Photo: Ryan Libre / Sakse)

Inside one of Kachin State’s newest IDP camps

Last month hundreds of internally displaced persons fled renewed conflict in Burma’s north. For many, they traded one IDP camp for another.