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Insight into the hidden story of Burma,
This review is from: Everything is Broken: The Untold Story of Disaster Under Burma's Military Regime (Paperback)
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My first impression of the book was opening the first page and seeing "Mandalay" on the map. This brought back all sorts of memories of stories of the Raj and half-forgotten family history.
My vision of Burma (before reading this book) is based on hazy memories of stories and history, of the British Empire, and of exotic lands.
This book tells the real story of modern Burma - or, at least, as real as one journalist can get in this apparently Stalinist State - ruled by a secretive military Junta for the past few decades.
The story is hard to believe, but we have to assume it is true. In Burma, all news is "edited" to show the ruling Generals in a good light, and any bad news is supressed.
In the aftermath of a terrible cyclone which devastated large parts of the country, the junta refused the aid offered by the rest of the world, and instead, for several weeks, did nothing. When the aid did arrive much was syphoned off into their own coffers.
The author attempts to explain this bizarre behaviour - as a result of years of mistrust of foreign powers - perhaps the after affects of the British Empire? But this does not explain (or endorse) the behaviour of a government allowing its own people to suffer, just for the sake of appearences!
A heart-breaking tale - and one that brings to light the reason for the long term opposition by Aung San Suu Kyi - and why she has been under house arrest for so long.