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Dr Chan Aye gives a check-up to a child in a Karen village in the Bago Yoma near Taungoo.
Dr Chan Aye gives a check-up to a child in a Karen village in the Bago Yoma near Taungoo.


2009-02-23 - Rangoon, Myanmar
THIRTEEN years ago, Dr Tin Thein took a small group of foreign tourists into the mountains west of Taungoo. They were interested in seeing Myanma Timber Enterprise elephants clearing trees in the Bago Yoma, and he had the local connections to make it happen. Dr Tin Thein saw a future in the elephant camp trips – and a way help the poor communities who work in the timber industry.



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