(Black) gold fever has gripped Myanmar—this series documents how a local population has abandoned age-old agricultural practices in favor of the slim hopes of striking rich with oil
All along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar, you will find oil fields. But these are not the oil fields of Texas, with enormous derricks reaching up to the sky, emblazoned with multinational company logos. Indeed, the giant petroleum companies are nowhere to be found in a country which only very recently opened itself up to the outside world. In the place of foreign prospectors, you will find a much more local phenomenon: thousands of people who drill for crude oil using crude means.
From Magnum Photos, gallery of work by Alex Majoli:
With the recent victory of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as the President of Liberia, it is clear that women in Africa are starting to take charge. Johnson-Sirleaf is the first elected female leader in Africa’s history. She and several other powerful female leaders are pushing to make new laws, change old attitudes and inspire others to follow their lead. Across Africa, women are often deprived of education, job opportunities, and the choice of a marital partner. Polygamy is widespread and rape is seldom punished. As a result HIV is skyrocketing. Most African women have no right to own property. These new female politicians are facing these issues that have not been touched by their male counterparts.