Bordered by India, Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal, the West Myanmar Region has sparsely populated hillside villages contrasted by dense cities.
Many of the villagers make their income breeding cows, pigs, buffalo, chickens, fish and prawns—while others grow rice and beans on their farms. The natural gas industry also provides jobs in this region.
The Chin state—which was the major focus of missionary Adoniram Judson’s ministry in the early 1800s—is located in this region.
Tanakha is a white face cream commonly worn by women in Myanmar for beauty and as protection against the sun.
Mealtimes are shared on a mat on the floor in most homes in the West Myanmar Region.
This traditional home is built from materials available in the dense forest in this lush hillside area.