Christmas trees in Yangon, Myanmar.
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Landless Myanmar residents pray during a protest against land grabs in Yangon on Monday. Some 200 people who are seeking the return of their lands took part in the protest in the city.
Pedestrians make their way along a flooded road while vehicles make slow progress in heavy traffic on Thursday in Yangon, Myanmar.
A Muslim Rohingya man works on constructing a tent after arriving back to a camp for internally displaced people in the village of Mansi on the outskirts of Sittwe, Myanmar, on Friday. After a killer cyclone wrecked thousands of homes, Bangladesh and Myanmar were relieved that the damage was not much worse after the storm weakened as it made landfall. At least 40 people were either killed by Cyclone Mahasen or while trying to flee its impact, including 25 Muslim Rohingya whose bodies washed up on the shores of Bangladesh after their boat capsized while sailing from Myanmar.
Internally displaced Rohingya women sit in the back of a truck ready to leave their camp in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine State, Myanmar on Thursday. Tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya people who live in the plastic-roofed tents and reed huts distrust orders from a government that barely acknowledges their exist. So even as rain and wind from the edges of cyclone Mahasen began to pelt the coast near the city on Thursday morning, most people camped there appeared to be staying put. Some, however, were taking down their tents and hauling their belongings away in cycle-rickshaws, or carrying them in bags balanced on their heads
Rohingya women sit in front of their relief tent at the Mansi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe on Wednesday. A cyclone threatening to lash low-lying coastal areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar appears to have weakened, but still poses a risk to more than 8 million people, according to the UN.
A Rohingya boy wraps himself with a sarong as he walks in the rain at a makeshift camp for displaced Rohingya people in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine, Myanmar, ahead of Cyclone Mahasen. The UN said the cyclone, expected later this week, could swamp makeshift housing camps sheltering tens of thousands of Rohingya.
Muslims sit near their destroyed homes after riots broke out in a village at Oakkan town, about 100 km north of Yangon, on Wednesday. One person was killed and nine injured after mobs attacked mosques and burned homes in central Myanmar, authorities said, in the latest religious unrest to erupt in the country.
A woman lights frankincense as she prays at Shwedagon Pagoda on the first day of Myanmar‘s traditional New Year in Yangon on Wednesday.
Youths dressed as punks drink beer as they wait for a punk music show during the Myanmar New Year Water Festival in Yangon on Friday. Myanmar celebrates Thingyan during the month of Tagu, which usually falls around mid-April.
Labourers display fish for sale at a night market in Yangon early on April 10, 2013. A World Bank official said earlier this year that Myanmar has “enormous potential” as it undergoes reforms.