From 1922 to 1927 George Orwell was a policeman in Burma. He wrote an essay called ‘Shooting an elephant’ about his experiences there. The essay was allegorical, he wrote: “I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing … I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British.”
But now the Buddhist Burmese have become the oppressors of the Arakanese (Rohingya people).
“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
Peace as a goal is an ideal which will not be contested by any government or nation, not even the most belligerent.” – 1991 Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, and current Myanmar Foreign Minister.
Ian and Andy speak with the Qld President of the Rohingya Association, Nor Zaman. Ian interviews Ian Rintoul from Refugee Action Collective about the refugee crisis in Burma.
Femi Kuti One people one world
Xefer Rahman Rohingya’s Cry
New Shonar Bangla Circus Rohingya Gaan