Tuesday, March 17, 2020
A journey to the centre of fragility
Flying from the business capital, Yangon to the capital of Rakhine state, Sittwe, feels like business as usual. Still, the reality of the ongoing tension is apparent while travelling from town to town within the state as you require permissions to enter even for local citizens. The landscape is full of checkpoints where the border police force, strictly monitor the flow of vehicles and persistently check required documents. There was an unsettling emotion at first, which overwhelmed me, but I stayed calm -- positive to take away some learning and inspiration.