Love affair with Myanmar
Britain’s Benedict Rogers wears many hats —politician, human rights activist, author and journalist — but his love for Myanmar cuts through all the facets of his work and life.
Myanmar’s internal conflict has been in news since the country’s military began showcasing reforms to woo Western business interests about two years ago. But Benedict Rogers fell in love with the country’s people when the rest of the world had little idea about who the Karen, Kachin and Rohingya people are.
“[Aung San Suu Kyi] has made a transition from a moral icon to a politician, which is a different role. People who say they are disappointed in her see her in the category of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Desmond Tutu, who never sought electoral office. But we should see her in the category of Nelson Mandela or Chinana Gosnell”
“I’ve been involved in North Korea and Indonesia; I have earlier been involved in East Timor, Pakistan, the Maldives and China. But I feel most strongly about Burma,” said Rogers, using the country’s colonial name.
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