Women Photojournalists of Washington
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Victoria Milko is a multimedia journalist and writer based in Yangon, Myanmar. She is the Multimedia Editor for one of the country’s only free press print publications-- Frontier Myanmar. Milko is currently developing the first 360 and virtual reality news media program in Myanmar, looking to provide viewers engaging and informative news, believing that immersive news experiences can help create a greater understanding between divided ethnic, religious and social groups within the country.
In the past year Victoria’s work has taken her from the highland tea farms of Sri Lanka, to illegal gold mines in Myanmar, to voting booths in Mexico, with her work appearing in publications such as the Washington Post, National Public Radio and Al Jazeera. Milko attended the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland is an alumni of the Columbia University DART Center Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones course.
2016 - NPPA Student Quarterly, 2016 - Alliance for Women in the Media Emerging Voice, 2016 - Student Emmy Winner - Mid Atlantic Chapter, 2017 - Society of Publishers of Asia (SOPA)
- Breaking news
- Still life
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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.”