Why we focus on ethnic nationality voice?
The recent changes in Burma’s political landscape, loudly praised by the international community and mainstream media, have yet to reach the country’s vulnerable ethnic populations who remain hiding in the jungle living in fear, or externally displaced outside the country’s borders living in a limbo. The voices of Burma’s ethnic nationalities have been silenced and suppressed for over 70 years as they have fought a desperate struggle for survival against an overwhelming enemy; consecutive military governments and the state army. While the ethnic struggle for a federal democratic Burma continues, their plight is increasingly ignored as the world has turned its attention exclusively towards central Burma. At this critical time of change, ethnic voices have been silenced like never before. Burma Link amplifies the voices of these disempowered and disenfranchised populations and projects them into local and global conversations to ensure that the re-building of Burma includes the diverse and unheard perspectives of the conflict-affected communities on the ground.