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Nowhere to Be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma's Military Regime (Voice of Witness)

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Book News Annotation:

Part of a series of works that illuminate crises in human rights abuse by presenting the personal narratives of victims, this volume showcase the stories of people from a wide variety of circumstances who have suffered at the hands of the Burmese military dictatorship. Essays discuss the experiences of regional refugees, political asylum seekers, and those still in Burma, and describe the physical, social and psychological violence perpetrated by this brutal regime. A series of appendices provide historical background information and the volume includes a foreword by Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Decades of military oppression in Burma have led to the systematic destruction of more than 3,000 ethnic minority villages, to the creation of one of the largest numbers of child soldiers in the world, and to the displacement of millions of people internally and across borders. The narratives in this book offer a powerful depiction of daily life within Burma, as well as in the tenuous border regions to which an estimated 1-2 million people have fled.

In their own words, men and women from Burma describe how their lives have been deeply altered by the country's current military regime: refugees who have fled ethnic and religious persecution at the hands of the military, political dissidents jailed and tortured, and youth and community leaders working for solutions at great personal risk. Their stories reveal the human toll exacted by the country's regime, with intersecting issues of forced labor, sexual violence, displacement, environmental degradation, the drug trade, and HIV/AIDS. This book is a unique compilation of stories from Burma, as seen through different lenses of gender, location, education, political opinion, and ethnicity. Woven together, these experiences are a testament to the complexity and magnitude of the human rights crisis in Burma, as well as to the resilience of its people.

About the Author

Maggie Lemere has traveled and worked in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She holds an MA in international peace and conflict resolution from American University in Washington, D.C. Maggie focuses her writing and photography projects on issues of human rights and social concern.

Zoë West is a writer whose work investigates social issues and cultural exchange. Zoë grew up in the United States and has since lived and worked in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Central America. She is pursuing graduate studies in social anthropology at the University of Oxford.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781936365029
Author:
Lemere, Maggie
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
Editor:
West, Zoe
Author:
West, Zoe
Author:
Robinson, Mary
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Politics-Human Rights
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Voice of Witness
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
500
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Decades of military oppression in Burma have led to the systematic destruction of more than 3,000 ethnic minority villages, to the creation of one of the largest numbers of child soldiers in the world, and to the displacement of millions of people internally and across borders. The narratives in this book offer a powerful depiction of daily life within Burma, as well as in the tenuous border regions to which an estimated 1-2 million people have fled.

In their own words, men and women from Burma describe how their lives have been deeply altered by the country's current military regime: refugees who have fled ethnic and religious persecution at the hands of the military, political dissidents jailed and tortured, and youth and community leaders working for solutions at great personal risk. Their stories reveal the human toll exacted by the country's regime, with intersecting issues of forced labor, sexual violence, displacement, environmental degradation, the drug trade, and HIV/AIDS. This book is a unique compilation of stories from Burma, as seen through different lenses of gender, location, education, political opinion, and ethnicity. Woven together, these experiences are a testament to the complexity and magnitude of the human rights crisis in Burma, as well as to the resilience of its people.

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