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What’s Going On? An Explanation of the Conflict in Burma


Feb 2019

Larry turned to me and said, “So, what do you know about conflict in Burma?” “Er, not much,” I said. “I know that the ethnic groups are fighting with the Burma Army, and it’s over resources and jade and stuff, but I don’t know much else besides that. They used to be a British colony and ever since they became independent they’ve been having civil wars, and it’s a military dictatorship.” That’s Burma in a nutshell... painted in the broad strokes of a kindergartener using finger paint. Larry nodded, and then, for the next hour, told me everything I wanted to know about where the conflict had come from and why it was happening.

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Volunteering with Free Burma Rangers, March — August 2019.

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