Myanmar’s Enemy Within

by Francis Wade


Myanmar’s Enemy Within | 9781786995773 | Francis Wade

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Format:Paperback / softback

Published:15/06/2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


In 2017, Myanmar’s military launched a campaign of violence
against the Rohingya minority that UN experts later said amounted to a
genocide. More than seven hundred thousand civilians fled to Bangladesh in what
became the most concentrated flight of refugees since the Rwanda genocide of
1994. The warning signs of impending catastrophe that had built over years were
downplayed by Western backers of the political transition, and only when the
exodus began did the world finally come to acknowledge a catastrophe that had
been long in the making.

In this updated edition of the book that foreshadowed a genocide,
Francis Wade explores how the manipulation of identities by an anxious ruling
elite laid the foundations for mass violence. It asks: who gets to define a
nation? How can democratic rights be weaponised against a minority? And why, at
a time when the majority of citizens in Myanmar had begun to experience
freedoms unseen for half a century, did much-lauded civilian leaders like Aung
San Suu Kyi become complicit in the most heinous of crimes?