This is Not Who We Are: Listening to communities affected by communal violence in Myanmar
Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication Date: September 2015
Using CPCS Listening Methodology, this publication elevates community voices from six locations in Myanmar that experienced communal violence to reveal a strong alternative narrative to the one commonly heard on the issue. Conversations were held in November 2014 with 220 community members from Meiktilla, Mandalay Region; Lashio, Shan State; Mandalay, Mandalay Region; Shwebo district, Sagaing Region; West Bago, Bago Region; and Sittwe, Rakhine State. Community members discussed their perspectives and opinions in light of their experience of communal violence and their hopes and desires for peaceful co-existence in the future. Key topics and themes were identified to form the basis of the discussions, which were then catalogued and prioritised by the listening teams who spoke with the communities.