I think the strength of the military is they are – I don’t know, there’s no strength. This is a weakness for our nation. Because of they afraid of they’re losing the power. They strengthen their military forces and then strengthening their military relationship with neighboring countries; or like we get more weapons and bring in more people to join to the military. So because of this way, people are forced, like, especially children are forced to be recruited as soldiers. So this make very difficult for the country because children continue to drop out of school. No way of survival any other way.
So maybe they come to Thailand to escape working as child labor or working as military, and then gradually the young people are used as the weapons to control their power. So the whole generation or the whole country are become into cycles of violence. So for us, we don’t want the young people to put in the cycle of violence and vulnerability and poverty. That’s why our effort is we want to try to give more. As much as possible, we want to provide education, try to improve access to education for young people. And then even education curriculum and education system will be the key to change the country. Because the way in the country, getting education is very, like, it’s just people can read and write. Finished, they have to start joining to their work.
So it is not enough for improving the whole family or the whole community. So now the movement here tries to improve access to education and information to the people. Because, under the military dictatorship, the media has been censored and then the education [is] being blocked. And children are also isolated and traumatized because of becom[ing] orphans. So for us, we feel that psychosocial programs or education programs are very important. So currently the military government in Burma, they never respect the dignity of the human being. So people don’t like [them], general public. They have been suffering a lot and they have been under oppression.
So, in this case, people really want change. Whoever [is] living on the border or in the country want to have democratic government. And then people don’t want to feel oppressed and vulnerable; and people don’t want to be powerless. So in this case, the foreign governments who support the military regime need to be aware that how the community feels about the system or what is the real suffering. So respecting the human dignity and human rights. This makes more harm to our country because we have a lot of natural resources. I think we don’t need much foreign aids in terms of financially. And the thing is how to manage our resources, both human resource and natural resources.
So how to respect the local community and how to make people powerful, empowered, so that the country will sustain, and sustainable development will be achieved. So the government right now in our country [is] not accountable and transparent to the nation. So for us, I think for Burmese people mostly are very patient, waiting and trying to solve the problem in their way in the community, and try to strengthen the network and community that, as you may be aware, is always oppressed. And people are in prison and, as you know, that the political prisoner is very shameful for us because many good people, many talented people, are put in the jail. And all the young people who are very alert, or very active roles, but they could not get good education. And to develop this country, the role of the woman and mother need to be respect and need to provide more participation. But the government never respect.
And for us, people trying to do, like, woman participation and the stronger youth and then more civil society group development. But this always oppress. So you may see many, many times, over the past 20, 22 years. So even though there are many cases they’ve reported that, especially on the border, it’s gross human rights violation ongoing. So to improve the situation in the country is not only for people in Burma; it’s become threat to our neighboring countries, like stability, because many people just finally decide to leave from the country.