Podcast with Clare Hammond, author of “On the Shadow Tracks: A Journey Through Occupied Myanmar”

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In 2016, journalist Clare Hammond embarked on a project to study the railways of Myanmar—a transportation network that sprawls the country, rarely used and not shown on many maps, and often used at the pleasure of the country’s military.

 

 

On the Shadow Tracks: A Journey through Occupied Myanmar, Clare Hammond (Allen Lane, June 2024)
On the Shadow Tracks: A Journey through Occupied Myanmar, Clare Hammond (Allen Lane, June 2024)

In her book On the Shadow Tracks: A Journey Through Occupied Myanmar, Clare travels the lengths of Myanmar’s railways, from the south of the country through the conflict-riven border areas, finally ending up at Naypyidaw, the nation’s planned capital.

In this interview, Clare and I talk about Myanmar’s railways, her travels along them, and how they act as a symbol for Myanmar’s governments, past and present.

Clare Hammond is a British journalist. Based in London, she works for non-profit Global Witness, investigating issues relating to natural resources, conflict and corruption. In Yangon, where she lived for six years, Hammond was most recently the digital editor of Frontier, Myanmar’s best-known investigative magazine, where she oversaw daily news coverage.

Those in London can join a photo exhibition of Myanmar’s railways on July 5-6, with prints sold to raise money for educational charity Prospect Burma.


Nicholas Gordon has an MPhil from Oxford in International Relations and a BA from Harvard. He is a writer, editor and occasional radio host based in Hong Kong.