Voiceless of Asia

The struggles of Myanmar's 'sea gypsies' June 17, 2019

The population of Myanmar’s Salone (also known as the Moken people) has dwindled dramatically in recent decades. Only an estimated 1,700 remain today, down from about 17,000 in 1980.
For centuries they have lived a semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle heavily based on the sea.
The Myanmar government is pressuring those remaining to abandon their sea-based lifestyle.

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