Mary's work centers on civic engagement, human rights, and peace education in post-conflict and fragile states, with a focus on Burma.
It is often difficult for members of local organisations to voice their concerns, especially about the shortcomings of international aid agency approaches. They may rely on funding partnerships, or simply find it difficult to communicate directly to international groups about the concerns they have. Yet their insights can be important. Today we hear from a staff member from a local organisation in Shan State on the U.N. and youth policy.
A commission headed by former parliament speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has been reviewing the nation’s laws, but some say more clarity – and consultation – is needed from the government on its legal reform plans.
An interview conducted by Mary Pham in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar for Paung Ku Forum.
As part of our World Humanitarian Day series the PK Forum talks with a staff member from a Kachin NGO, about solving community problems and the role of international agencies.
Forum: What approach needs to be taken to solving problems in communities you work in?
Kachin people are trying to raise awareness of issues in Kachin State, including the ongoing civil war and the opium trade.
The Vietnam War ended 40 years ago. A new regime rose from the battlefields. Families like mine fled across the Pacific. Many died at sea. Others wish they had. There’s no happy ending to this story—not when the losers ceaselessly obsess over their defeat by a people they regard as having little value for human life. This obsession, of course, dominates the ways Americans tell and retell their “intervention” in the Vietnamese peoples’ struggle for freedom.
The Rohingya may well be the most persecuted people on the planet, and nobody, including the United States, is lifting a finger to help.