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Besieged by Wild Elephants
Fifty-two-year-old Than Shin holds her grandchild beneath her family treehouse in Kyar Chaung, a little village in a rural area of Myanmar.
For many people, having a home among tree branches might sound like an adventure. But for the residents of Kyar Chaung it has come about for a distressing reason: to avoid deadly wild elephant attacks.
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February 15, 2013
Than Shin, 52, holds her grandchild in front of her family's tree-house built for protection, after telling...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
Than Shin holds her grandchild in front of her family's tree-house built for protection, after telling...
Than Shin, 52, holds her grandchild in front of her family's tree-house built for protection, after telling her personal experience with wild elephants attacking her house, in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 15, 2013
Bananas and a few rice grains are seen on a table inside Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda's room in his monastery...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
Bananas and a few rice grains are seen on a table inside Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda's room in his monastery...
Bananas and a few rice grains are seen on a table inside Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda's room in his monastery rebuilt after an elephant's attack in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. The monk, who survived several elephant attacks said, "I don't care anymore. I don't do anything wrong. I'm just meditating peacefully in this jungle. I just pray for the elephant and share my love on the animals." People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS FOOD)
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February 15, 2013
Su Mar Win, 33, walks into her banana fields to show where elephants came to look for food, in Kyar Chaung...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
Su Mar Win walks into her banana fields to show where elephants came to look for food, in Kyar Chaung...
Su Mar Win, 33, walks into her banana fields to show where elephants came to look for food, in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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February 15, 2013
A family wakes up in the early morning behind a mosquito net in their tree-house built for protection...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
A family wakes up in the early morning behind a mosquito net in their tree-house built for protection...
A family wakes up in the early morning behind a mosquito net in their tree-house built for protection from wild elephants in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 8, 2013. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 8, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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February 15, 2013
A villager shows and measures an elephant's footprint in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
A villager shows and measures an elephant's footprint in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township
A villager shows and measures an elephant's footprint in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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February 15, 2013
A child stretches his arms in the morning, under the tree-house built for protection from elephant attacks...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
A child stretches his arms in the morning, under the tree-house built for protection from elephant attacks...
A child stretches his arms in the morning, under the tree-house built for protection from elephant attacks in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 8, 2013. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 8, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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February 15, 2013
Villagers go out to work in the fields where wild elephants often look for food, near Kyar Chaung village,...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
Villagers go out to work in the fields where wild elephants often look for food, near Kyar Chaung village,...
Villagers go out to work in the fields where wild elephants often look for food, near Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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February 15, 2013
Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda, 58, shows a certificate as he reflects about an elephant destroying his old...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda shows a certificate as he reflects about an elephant destroying his old monastery,...
Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda, 58, shows a certificate as he reflects about an elephant destroying his old monastery, in the Boddhi San monastery which was rebuilt after an elephant attack, in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. The monk, who survived several elephant attacks said, "I don't care anymore. I don't do anything wrong. I'm just meditating peacefully in this jungle. I just pray for the elephant and share my love on the animals." People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS RELIGION)
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February 15, 2013
A villager looks from atop his hut as a wild elephant is spotted, outside Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
A villager looks from atop his hut as a wild elephant is spotted, outside Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi...
A villager looks from atop his hut as a wild elephant is spotted, outside Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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February 15, 2013
Villagers gather and talk about past elephant attacks in the house of the village head in Kyar Chaung...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
Villagers gather and talk about past elephant attacks in the house of the village head in Kyar Chaung...
Villagers gather and talk about past elephant attacks in the house of the village head in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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February 15, 2013
Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda, 58, walks inside his room in the Boddhi San monastery which was rebuilt after...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda walks inside his room in the Boddhi San monastery which was rebuilt after...
Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda, 58, walks inside his room in the Boddhi San monastery which was rebuilt after an elephant attack, where he lives alone in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. The monk, who survived several elephant attacks said, "I don't care anymore. I don't do anything wrong. I'm just meditating peacefully in this jungle. I just pray for the elephant and share my love on the animals." People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS RELIGION)
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February 15, 2013
Villagers look from atop a hut as a wild elephant is spotted outside Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
Villagers look from atop a hut as a wild elephant is spotted outside Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township...
Villagers look from atop a hut as a wild elephant is spotted outside Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 15, 2013
A Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda, 58, shows where a wild elephant has come to sleep in the backyard of his...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
A Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda shows where a wild elephant has come to sleep in the backyard of his monastery...
A Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda, 58, shows where a wild elephant has come to sleep in the backyard of his monastery which was rebuilt after an elephant attack in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. The monk, who survived several elephant attacks said, "I don't care anymore. I don't do anything wrong. I'm just meditating peacefully in this jungle. I just pray for the elephant and share my love on the animals." People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS RELIGION)
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February 15, 2013
Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda, 58, stands outside the Boddhi San monastery which was rebuilt after an elephant...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda stands outside the Boddhi San monastery which was rebuilt after an elephant...
Buddhist monk Dhamma Nanda, 58, stands outside the Boddhi San monastery which was rebuilt after an elephant attack, where he lives alone in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. The monk, who survived several elephant attacks said, "I don't care anymore. I don't do anything wrong. I'm just meditating peacefully in this jungle. I just pray for the elephant and share my love on the animals." People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS RELIGION)
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February 15, 2013
Villagers take a rest after working in the fields where wild elephants often come to look for food, near...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
Villagers take a rest after working in the fields where wild elephants often come to look for food, near...
Villagers take a rest after working in the fields where wild elephants often come to look for food, near Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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February 15, 2013
An elephant is seen in the late afternoon, from inside the forest in Kyar Chaung village February 6,...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
An elephant is seen in the late afternoon, from inside the forest in Kyar Chaung village
An elephant is seen in the late afternoon, from inside the forest in Kyar Chaung village February 6, 2013. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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February 15, 2013
A man squats in the window of his home as he rests from work in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township...
Kyar Chaung, Myanmar
A man squats in the window of his home as he rests from work in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township...
A man squats in the window of his home as he rests from work in Kyar Chaung village, Taikkyi Township February 6, 2013. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages some 60 miles (96.5 km) from Yangon live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say. Picture taken February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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