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        Palm Oil in Myanmar by Taylor Weidman | Global Oneness Project

        In this lesson, students view photos of palm oil production in Myanmar and discuss the human impacts of the industry, the costs to workers and family. They also respond to questions to articulate their points of view around various themes, including cultural displacement, corporate abuses, the effects of development, and human rights. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

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        Palm Oil in Myanmar by Taylor Weidman | Global Oneness Project

        Taylor Weidman is an award-winning documentary photographer and co-founder of the Vanishing Cultures Project. His work focuses primarily on the effects of modernization and human rights issues. This photo essay explores the human impact of the palm oil industry in Myanmar.

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        Yuzana Palm Oil Plantation | Global Oneness Project

        An overlook of the Yuzana Palm Oil plantations. Huge plantations like these were built after thousands of acres of rainforest were cleared in southern Myanmar.

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        A Walk Through the Palms | Global Oneness Project

        A woman walks through the palm oil plantation behind her home in a small village where migrant workers for Supowin live outside Kawthaung, Myanmar, on November 14, 2016. The village sits on the side of the road next to the plantation.

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        Washing Clothes | Global Oneness Project

        A migrant worker washes clothes in a stream behind a small village where migrant workers for Yuzana Palm Oil live outside Kawthaung, Myanmar, on November 14, 2016.

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        Palm Oil is Pressed and Collected | Global Oneness Project

        Palm oil drips into a bucket after being pressed in an oil mill at Asia World in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, on November 11, 2016. The oil is sent to Yangon where it is used for cooking and other food products.

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        Loading Palm Fruit | Global Oneness Project

        Palm oil workers load palm fruits into a truck at Asia World palm oil plantation in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, on November 11, 2016.

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        Low Wages | Global Oneness Project

        Men and women gather on their porches in a small village where migrant workers for Supowin Palm Oil live Kawthaung, Myanmar, on November 14, 2016. Many men on this plantation, some of which have been here for over a decade, want to return home. With their low wages, however, few can afford the trip for their entire family and feel stuck.

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        Separating Fruit from Branch | Global Oneness Project

        A woman cuts oil palm fruits away from the fruit bunch in an oil mill at Asia World, in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, on November 11, 2016.

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        On A Break | Global Oneness Project

        Female palm oil cutters, Ni Ni Win, 30, and Khin Myo Win, 42, take a break while working at Asia World palm oil plantation in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, on November 11, 2016.

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        Two Girls Playing | Global Oneness Project

        Two girls play under their homes in a small village where migrant workers for Yuzana Palm Oil live outside Kawthaung, Myanmar, on November 14, 2016.

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        Inadequate Living Facilities | Global Oneness Project

        A child runs across a clearing in a small village where migrant workers for Supowin Palm Oil live outside Kawthaung, Myanmar, on November 14, 2016. Four families live in each row house, none of which are equipped with basic amenities like electricity or running water.

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        Fixing a Broken Bicycle | Global Oneness Project

        Burmese boys fix a broken bicycle in a small village where migrant workers for Supowin live outside Kawthaung, Myanmar, on November 14, 2016. There is a school near the mill, but children here attend a local military outpost school instead because they believe it offers a better education.

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        Young Girl Resting | Global Oneness Project

        A young girl lays on a bed at a small village where migrant workers for Supowin live outside Kawthaung, Myanmar, on November 14, 2016.

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        Retired Palm Oil Worker | Global Oneness Project

        U Hla Myint, 65, sits in his home in a small village where migrant workers for Supowin Palm Oil live outside Kawthaung, Myanmar, on November 14, 2016. Myint and his wife only retired five years ago and are now supported by his two sons.

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        Buddhist Shrine | Global Oneness Project

        A Buddhist shrine sits in a migrant worker's home at a palm oil plantation owned by Supowin outside Kawthaung, Myanmar, on November 14, 2016. Workers tell stories of the company withholding their wages, thereby restricting the financial resources that they would need in order to return home.

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        Resting in the Doorway | Global Oneness Project

        A migrant worker sits in his doorway in a small village where migrant workers for Yuzana Palm Oil live outside Kawthaung, Myanmar, on November 14, 2016.

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        Harvesting Palm Fruit | Global Oneness Project

        Ni Ni Win, 30, harvests palm fruit at Asia World palm oil plantation in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, on November 11, 2016. As a harvester, Ni Ni Win makes 30 kyats ($.02) per bunch and averages 5000 kyats ($3.65) per day during low season; her salary doubles in high season.

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        Land Grabs Mean Displacement | Global Oneness Project

        Saw Maung Bua, 44, stands for a portrait in front of palm oil trees on November 11, 2016, in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, where is from. Bua is being sued by Asia World palm oil plantation for trespassing after he returned to the site of his village to find it torn down and replaced with palm oil trees.

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        A Victim of Human Trafficking | Global Oneness Project

        Ngwe Kyi, 47, has been a victim of human trafficking. Here, he is photographed at the pier of his home village in Pho Shwe Law, Myanmar, on November 8, 2016.

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        Ancestral Lands At Risk | Global Oneness Project

        A woman dries betel nut fruit in her village inside Asia World's palm oil plantation near Myeik, Myanmar, on November 11, 2016. After fleeing the area due to fighting between the Burmese military and rebel groups, these families returned to find that military-connected companies had seized and transformed their villages into plantations. These families now live between the palms, in constant fear of being kicked off their ancestral lands.

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        Organization Addressing Land Grabs | Global Oneness Project

        Burmese woman working at Southern Youth community service organization in Myeik, Myanmar, on November 10, 2016. The organization is engaged primarily with the land grabs issues. They help to find lawyers to represent people who have had land taken, reach out to media to raise awareness, talk with communities to teach people about their rights, and more.

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        Community Service Workers | Global Oneness Project

        Burmese men and women work at Southern Youth community service organization in Myeik, Myanmar, on November 10, 2016.

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        Unloading the Truck | Global Oneness Project

        Men and women unload a truck to Asia World's palm oil mill in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, on November 11, 2016. Jobs in the mill are very hard work, but also offer more regular working hours and pay.

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        On the way to the Mill | Global Oneness Project

        Workers sit atop fruit bunches in the back of a truck in Asia World palm oil plantation in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, on November 11, 2016. Fruit bunches are collected throughout the plantation and brought to a central mill for processing.

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        Loading Palm Fruit on the Truck | Global Oneness Project

        A woman piles palm oil fruit on a truck at Asia World palm oil plantation in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, on November 11, 2016.

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        Preparing the Fruit for Processing | Global Oneness Project

        Men work in an oil mill at Asia World palm oil plantation in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, on November 11, 2016. Here, workers take the softened oil palm fruit and prepare it to be pressed into oil.

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        Steaming Process | Global Oneness Project

        Palm fruit is softened through a steaming process in an oil mill at Asia World palm oil plantation in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, on November 11, 2016. This small mill produces 15-20 tons of oil in a day.

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        Men Working in the Mill | Global Oneness Project

        Men work in Asia World's palm oil mill in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, on November 11, 2016.

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        Yuzana Palm Oil Company | Global Oneness Project

        The sign for Yuzana palm oil company outside Kawthaung, Myanmar, on November 14, 2016.

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