Moments with Independence Hero Bogyoke Aung San

Photo: Kachin Leaders with the Frontier Areas Committee of Enquiry (FACE); Maymyo, April 1947. (Illustrated London News) I had the privilege of close personal encounters with Bogyoke Aung San on three separate occasions. All of the meetings were unscheduled but nonetheless significant, as they took place in the crucial pre-independence years of our nation, and provide […]

Kachin IDP Students at Asian University for Women, Bangladesh

When official recognition of schools in non-government areas in Kachin and Northern Shan States was withdrawn in the aftermath of the renewed Kachin war of 2011, students from these areas, most of whom are internally displaced, found themselves no longer eligible to take government regulated matriculation exams. This meant that they were deprived of opportunities to pursue […]