Domestic Refugees in Burma
is a complicated place. Signs
international migration are a thing of the past as the
overrun the countryside, imposing an iron fist within
borders. Of course there
are bootleg DVDs
knock off brand names around every corner, but most
seems rather limited. Pepsi
has made a
recent entry into the market, but only after years of
sitting on the
commercial exile. The most
of migration within Myanmar
are of a domestic nature, particularly the issue of
displaced people. Refugee-like
communities are popping up all
along the Burmese countryside as the military does what
wants and allocates land without any compensation.
newsworthy and applicable example of late, deals with
the building of a
the northern part region of the country.
building of this dam will create a flood plain that
thousands of Burmese villages and homes.
providing any sort of compensation, the families
land will be forcibly moved at gunpoint to make way for
construction crews, many of which are military
of neighboring communities. The
involved with “An Interview With A Burmese Exile” drew
to the American ‘Trail of Tears’ as this form of forced
redefine the lives of many Burmese people.
Stephens outlines the account of a Burmese activist
in her article
“The Heart of Burma”, citing military brutality against
advocacy groups. The
article notes the
importance of UN involvement in such an international
the Western World to take an active role in Burma.
The dominance and control of
the military regime alongside the human rights abuses
forced the common people to migrate to new areas of the
regime’s rigid policy has limited the amount of
permitted to occur.
The fact that my
Western American eyes did not witness any of this
a testament to the power of the regime.
ability to guise the political state and overall
treatment of the
citizens is a key concern for such advocacy groups as
that involved in
interview. Perhaps my
of smiling faces and Buddhist monuments is the same
image the UN
when it pushes the human rights allegations to the back
foreign investment as knock offs dominate the market. In a country that is so
controlled, it is a
wonder that Semester at Sea was able to set 600 students
loose in its