In December 2017, I spent three weeks in Yangon, Myanmar, for the work I do with a human rights organisation. During my free time, I walked around the streets of downtown Yangon with my camera, to try and get a sense of the life of the people in markets, at the train station, in the streets and squares. This was a moment when, in another region of the country, the army was engaged into a ‘vicious campaign of violences’ that forced more than 700,000 persons to flee to Bangladesh, according to Amnesty International. With most of the media still under close control, journalists had little or no access to conflict zones, and the population was largely exposed to the army propaganda. The contrast between the daily life in Yangon and the atrocities committed by the army implicitly forms the background to these photographs.