Sweet Home Vermont!
May 22, 2014
Security notification lifted now that I’m safely back in Vermont from 5 very difficult months in western Myanmar. I’m trying to reach the point where I can look back on the circumstances that led to my unexpected return and laugh, or at least evoke a chuckle. I’m not there yet, but as I sit here and type these sentences I’m finding it hard to wipe the wry grin from my face that appears to have a life of its own.
I have stories to tell. Some, I believe, have the possibility of being funny. That, of course, depends on your sense of humor. The base absurdity of some of the situations, people, institutions and political issues that has and continues to perpetuate human rights abuses and complete disenfranchisement of anywhere from 170,000 to 700,000 people – depending on how and who you count – has made me laugh and cry at different times.
I have been unceremonious ejected from Myanmar for security concerns. In a sentence, some elements in Myebon Township and Sittwe became increasingly opposed to our work in the Muslim camp. As the head of the field office, I became a target. I was threatened. My organization could no longer ensure my safety. I was sent home. I do not have more to say at the moment. I am still quite dumbfounded by the urgency with which my departure took place. For now I leave you with some photographs with no explanation attached. These and other pictures will appear in future blog posts with their stories or explanations… possibly.
Catch you on the flippity flop (interpretation: catch you on the next post, whenever and whatever it is). Hope you all are well, safe, happy and loved.
My many blessings,