Listening to Communities – Karen (Kayin) State
Conversations with over 100 people from all walks of life across Karen (Kayin) State in Myanmar took place to better understand different views on the peace process and the current needs of their communities. Employing listening methodology as the primary research method, analysis pulled out common and reoccurring themes in the minds of those who participated. This publication raises their voices and draws upon the insight and wisdom of people directly affected by ongoing conflict and the Myanmar peace process.
Struggle for Peace:
The 25 year journey of the ABSDF
A historical examination of the ABSDF and their experience of armed struggle in Myanmar. This publication follows the journey of the group from protesting students, to armed revolutionaries to their involvement in the ongoing peace process in the country.
Listening to Voices:
Myanmar Foot Soldiers
Analysing the peace process in Myanmar from the perspective of foot soldiers from some of the country’s non-state armed groups, this publication elevates the needs and concerns of this critical stakeholder in moving towards a democratic Myanmar.
Portraits of Diversity
A series of video portraits featuring individuals that represent Myanmar’s different religious communities and highlight the kinds of inter-faith connections and engagement that take place naturally around the country.
Peace work of this kind is a matter for heroes. By hero, I mean one who has come far on the path of breaking free from confusion. Heroes are capable of separating themselves out of the work they do. They do not mistake recognition for self worth or criticism for hostility or competition – nor their insights for political or social power, their contribution to transformation with saving the world, their feelings of guilt for motivation. They do not confuse empathy with disenfranchisement of others, and they are able to laugh about themselves, to cry with others and to say ‘no’ when it is necessary, although unpopular. –Dietrich, W. (2013). Elicitive Conflict Transformation and the Transrational Shift in Peace Politics. (W. Sützl, & V. Hindley, Trans.) New York: Palgrave Macmillian. Pg 13