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Hope and fear in Kachin State as vote draws near

NLD supporters campaign through the center of Myitkyina on Nov.3. (Photo by Sebastian Strangio)

MYITKYINA, Myanmar -- Four years after being driven away by the military, Dagaw Hpung is finally letting himself dream of going home. On Nov. 8, when the country heads to the polls for a long-awaited election, he will be casting his vote for a new government -- one he hopes will help end the conflict which has raged between the military and the Kachin Independence Army since 2011.

     "I expect that something will change at this election -- real change," said Dagaw, a wiry 61-year-old in a bright blue longyi, traditional Burmese garb not unlike a sarong.

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