Women Photojournalists of Washington
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Victoria Milko is a multimedia photojournalist and writer. She is a member of the Women Photojournalists of Washington and the National Press Photographers Association and is an alumni of the Columbia University DART Center Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones course.
In the past year Victoria’s work has taken her across the globe from the back rooms of underground sex clubs in Washington, D.C., to illegal gold mines in Myanmar, to voting booths in Mexico.
Between assignments, Victoria is working towards earning a Master’s degree in Multiplatform Journalism from the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism and working for National Public Radio's Science Desk.
2016 - NPPA Student Quarterly, 2016 - Alliance for Women in the Media Emerging Voice, 2016 - Student Emmy Winner - Mid Atlantic Chapter
- Breaking news
- Still life
Based in Washington, D.C. the OUT Women's Motorcycle Club is a LGBTQ motorcycle group that focuses on empowerment, education and community outreach.
The Last Jews of Myanmar
Samuel “Sammy” Samuels sits in the furthest seat in the back of the empty building, sounds of the Muslim adhan and Buddhist chants bursting through speakers down the block and drifting into the building, echoing through the empty main hall.
“I feel more Jewish in Yangon than I did living in New York,” Samuels explains. “There every Friday I went to synagogue, but every synagogue was full. If I didn’t go to synagogue no one would care. But here if I don’t go then… who is going to open the gate?”
The gate that Samuels referred to is what separates the last synagogue, consecrated in 1896 and once the epicenter of Myanmar’s thriving Jewish community, from Yangon’s bustling downtown.
“We’re a very small community,” Samuels says, “But we’re here.”