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Wah Eh Htoo

Wah Eh Htoo

2016 Class, Burma
Liberty and Leadership Forum

Wah Eh Htoo works with the National Democratic Institute, which supports the country’s democratic transition. He works alongside national, regional, and state parliamentarians to build modern democratic institutions. Previously, Wah Eh Htoo worked as an advocacy coordinator in Burma with World Vision International, a global Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization. His work focused primarily on children's rights, child soldiers, and human trafficking issues, as well as capacity building for more than 550 community-based organizations. He also traveled throughout Burma as a communications expert, reporting on the acute poverty and needs of Burmese children. He was among the first responders for natural disasters as a member of World Vision’s emergency rapid response team, including Cyclone Nargis, which killed more than 150,000 people in 2008. His stories and photos from Nargis-affected areas were published by leading international media outlets including CNN and BBC.

Wah Eh Htoo began his career as a journalist with the Myanmar Times in 2003, during the height of Burma's military rule and media censorship. His stories mainly covered the lack of environmental conservation in Burma and its devastating impact on the country’s rich flora and fauna. He is an active member of the Karen Baptist Convention and a fellow with the DeBoer Fellowship.