One Year Later


An ominous calm settles in Myanmar, as people return to the squalor and inflation that brought them to the streets in protest.

It's been one year since saffron draped monks marched through the city of Yangon, formerly Rangoon. They took to the streets, in peace, to show strength for the people who came to them for help. The whole world watched. And, despite all the media coverage, the government crackdown that followed still continues today.

One year later, the monks and others who stood up, are still on the run. Nightly house-to-house searches take place looking for dissidents who have, or are willing to continue the fight for their rights. One year later, the democratic leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi is still under house arrest. One year later, the military regime still rules this Buddhist country with an iron fist.

Meanwhile, eight Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, released a joint-statement this week marking the anniversary of the “Saffron Revolution” by urging the people of Burma to “maintain nonviolence, determination and vigilance—despite the odds.”

Let's all hope that the rules of karma lead to freedom for the people of Myanmar and the end of their oppression.

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