Some cheesy grins, a camera phone, in the backdrop a glistening pagoda and –- click! –- you’ve got a great picture.

But these aren’t ordinary students, and these aren’t ordinary selfies

They are part of Myanmar’s My Friend campaign, started by human rights activists this summer. The organizers want people to post selfies of themselves with friends from different religious or ethnic backgrounds, using the hashtag #myfriend of #friendshiphasnoboundaries

So what, right? But this is Myanmar. Five years ago, Facebook was blocked by the military junta. Censorship was rife. Mobile phones were unavailable, or cost up to $5,000 for a SIM card, so no smartphone selfies Read more…

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Students in Myanmar start selfie campaign to promote tolerance