Copper is an essential metal used in wiring and electronics. It also is a source of income for the government of Burma. The expansion of a copper mine has pitted the Burmese government against villagers and Buddhist monks.
Jan. 26, 2013 An itinerant worker carries a load of rock to be processed at a mine in Letpadaung, a copper-rich area west of Mandalay, Burma. Jason Motlagh/For The Washington Post Buy Photo