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Myanmar's Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim 'Other'
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Myanmar's Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim 'Other' (Paperback)

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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?

Francis Wade is a journalist specialising in Myanmar and Southeast Asia. He began reporting on Myanmar in 2009 with the exiled Democratic Voice of Burma news organisation, based in Northern Thailand, before going on to cover in-depth the transition from military rule and the violence that accompanied it. He has reported from across South and Southeast Asia for The Guardian, TIME, Foreign Policy Magazine, and others. He is now based in London.

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