A Match for Myanmar?
My heart goes out to straight as an arrow 17 year old John*. Already a dedicated member of Equality Myanmar, a much-needed human rights education organisation, he started working night shifts at our hotel a few days ago and volunteers for the organisation whenever he can. John tells us that his organisation is still small, about a hundred members in total, and that people are afraid to join, still afraid of the government, and the generals.
With bright eyes, he confides how it had been his childhood dream to study Law at Harvard. He explains that he developed a plan go to law school in Mandalay, but was forced to settle for Psychology because for now, he says defiantly, it’s still the Government who decides what you study.
Our late night talk is revealing, and John inspiring. It should be me asking him for advice! As it is, I tell him to keep learning languages, and by all and any means, to nurture his belief in a better future, for himself and his country.