Documentary Photographer Sai Htin Linn Htet is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From his project ‘See the Future‘. To see Sai Htin’s body of work click on any photograph.
The disabled in Myanmar are both physically and socially marginalized. The majority of the people with visual impairments have fewer choices for a career. The blind became either a massager or handicraft maker. It is hard to break the cycle of poverty as there are tremendous barriers in accessing basic human rights and needs. Independent life is a dream for most individuals that are visually impaired. Children who are blind are usually kept indoors for their safety.
Saw Manine Phaung was born visually impaired in a rural village in Kayin State. He became the first one to achieve a bachelor degree in his family and is currently living independently as a skillful audio engineer and an advocate for the rights of disabled in Myanmar.
Before the 2015 election, Manine joined a band where all members are disabled. They play together and educate people on how to vote.
Manine faced many difficulties to vote as his name was not on the list. Believing that “every vote counts for the change” he traveled to his village and convinced his entire family and villagers to vote as they previously thought it was too complicated.
By Sai Htin Linn Htet