September 1, 2018

The Enemy Within, a book covering the recent events in Burma

At some event in 2015, an attendee from Burma was optimistic as the news of elections came in. She said that Burma will one day be like Singapore. I wished her luck but cautioned her Before it becomes like Singapore, it will become like India”. I think people do not fully comprehend the complexity of a large, diverse country. When one enemy disappears, seemingly nice people have the urge to find a new enemy and co-opt the old one. Add to that the fight for common resources in a time where quickly grabbing onto something can make you rich like when the real estate boom hits.

This is a recent book I read that described precisely that. You will probably need another book for a clearer history of Arakan (Rakhine state) but overall the book provides a snapshot of the recent happenings.

The Rohingya Crisis: “Myanmar’s Enemy Within” with Francis Wade

Burma Books

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