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31 January 2013
Don't waste your cash on it. It's full with fantasies, wishful imaginations and myths. The people the author interviewed are mostly the refuges and asylums who claimed that they have gone through medieval tortures for years in Burma and their whole families have been killed by " Brutal regime" and yet still posses the perfectly able bodies not unlike from their births who are living and enjoying the full healthy lives with extended relatives in high income countries.

If the author hasn't known it already, I would like to add some information on prices that so called activists or dissidents or human right groups charges for making one a former political prisoner in order to achieve an asylum status in sympathetic countries like USA and Norway. It have been a billion dollar business for many of those organisation operating in Thailand and Malaysia. It's a two income industry. Not only they charge the wannabe asylums, they also receive donations from the world's kindest countries and people.

As one method, a wannabe asylum pays a middle man in Burma 10000 US$ or more to go live in one of those camps for 1 to 2 years. After the refuge registration, the jumping in queue to be shipped out to countries like USA,UK,Norway,Germany and etc... will be arranged with further payments. That is quite popular because it's an almost guarantee method of obtaining immigration status like green card and citizenship in those high income countries. It also has other benefits of free education,free housing, child support and monthly allowance in addition to their cash in hand jobs.

At one stage of this process, they have to invent a political story for the immigration authority of these countries that they are indeed pitiful. But, to their convenience, a convincing story can be bought for as little as 3000 US$. A photo shoot with a popular Burmese exile who are known to these immigration offices can be arranged for as little as 500 US$ per photo. A photo goes further than thousand words. It serves as an evidence that one person is indeed in danger of being arrested,imprisoned and tortured by "Brutal Regime of Burma" since he/she is a close friend of that popular Burmese activist in exile despite the fact that they have never met or heard each other in their lives before that payments are made.

For such a lucrative business, it's not a surprise to see competition becomes fierce. The ghost writers have to become more and more creative in order to sell their stories. For example, being raped by several soldiers is not simply good enough anymore. It sounds better to be raped by entire battalion which has more than 500 soldiers in general. Some touche` like the rape happened when 7 months pregnant in front of a tied up husband who later was killed and whose flesh and liver was eaten by those " inhumane soldiers " also sell well.

Burma suffered from the world longest civil war after independence from British. Foreign invasion from Kuomintang Chinese, international sanctions and series mismanagement in Economy also didn't help. But it is not a country where everyone woke up with the thought to whom they would kill today or rape or ransack like the way Rambo and lots like this writer want you to believe. It's a highly cultured civilization of 60 millions people, a land of which is three times the size of United Kingdom. Go there and you will find it as one of the safest countries in the world. Their economy may be be smaller than yours but their hearts are certainly not.
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