Burma: The Next Rwanda?
Camera info: Canon Rebel 350D • lens EF 70-200mm f/2.8L
ISO 400 • f 2.8 • 1/320 sec
A friend forwarded me a note yesterday:
There are battles in Kachin State and in Shan State in Myanmar. Thousands of civilians are fleeing to the nearest shelters. Many of them are without food and medicine. Some are trapped on the China border. Let’s ask the Lord to keep them safe.”
The country of Myanmar/Burma has been in political turmoil for some time, and refugees are constantly fleeing for their lives. This lady in the picture had escaped to Thailand some time ago. Her large earrings indicate that she may be part of a subgroup of the Karen tribe. Shan is the largest eastern state bordering China and Thailand, and is home to a variety of ethnic tribes, including the Shan, Pa-O, Chin, Karen, and several others.
The Burmese government has been working toward democracy for some time, but still remains riddled with suspicion. Some believe the military regime rigged the elections, and skirmishes are still common in many areas. Myanmar remains on several world watch lists for human rights violations, including forced labor, sex trafficking, and child soldiers. From Wikipedia: “The Burmese regime has marked certain ethnic minorities such as the Karen for extermination or ‘Burmisation’. This, however, has received little attention from the international community since it has been more subtle and indirect than the mass killings in places like Rwanda.” Let’s keep spreading the word, friends!
I’ll give you an action step today: Pass this info along and then comment and let us know how you did it!