The Road: A Journey Into Burma’s War-Torn Karen State

Watched this documentary a few days ago. And it’s sad to know that it has not spread like fire as the controversial Kony 2012. Unlike that “documentary film,” this one centers not on the Americans who went into community, but on the indigenous people struggling against discrimination and systematic elimination by force of arms.

The struggle of the Karen has gone on for more than four decades. And while their plight is covered from time to time by media and non-government organizations, it has hardly hit the mainstream consciousness of countries in the West and even in Southeast Asia. It seems that everyone has been turning a blind eye on them and the rest of the people in Burma.

Then again, who cares right? Why care about a people whose lives are inconsequential to ours? Why care about a struggle not endorsed by our favorite musicians and showbiz personalities?

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