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Restless Souls: Rebels, Refugees, Medics and Misfits on the Thai-Burma Border

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Betrayed by the British, the Karen of Burma have been locked in a titanic, sixty-year struggle for survival against the Burmese military regime, their story ignored by the rest of the world. Journalist Phil Thornton spent five years on the Thai-Burma border, crossing illegally into the Karen State scores of times to find the families, freedom fighters, teachers, and medics ...more
paperback, 220 pages
Published 2006 by Asia Books
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Joshua Buhs
Mar 22, 2013 Joshua Buhs rated it it was ok
Perhaps distilled into a magazine article, this piece of journalism would have been good. That way the inetresting stories could have been concentrated, rather than strewn about with standard refugee drama. And perhaps then the author's very light self-awareness would not have been so much a problem. Occassionally, he points out that he is privileged, and only an observer, but he does not dig deep into these--in what way is his journalism, say, parasitical on the people he is trying to expose to ...more
Alisia Packard
May 19, 2008 Alisia Packard rated it it was ok
This book was educational in terms of content and had a lot of insightful information regarding the Burma conflict,but the writing style was terrible. My guess is there is a better book on this topic out there.
Kelly
Jun 12, 2012 Kelly rated it it was ok
A sensationalized tale of Mae sot. Anyone who has ever lived or worked there will get quite a kick out of his harrowing description.
Jen
Aug 16, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it
This book is a good overview of the struggle of the Karen people from Burma, despite the author's biases.
Peter Huston
Mar 28, 2015 Peter Huston rated it it was amazing
I finally read this book (I picked it up in Thailand in 2011 when I was visiting Mae Sot and Chiang Mai so it's about time. It gives good descriptions of conditions in Mae Sot, Thailand on the Burmese border circa 2006 and the terrible conditions and events that are routine there. Too many of these problems continue to exist.

It also, much to my surprise has graphic descriptions of the harm that is sometimes caused when people seek medical help from "traditional healers." If one is seeking inform
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Anne
Aug 09, 2007 Anne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in Burma; Karen
This is a fascinating non-fiction book about the Karen people of Burma, who have been under attack by the Burmese central government for around 50 years. The book covers an American ex-military officer who leads an elite unit of Karen fighters; the gem, drugs, people and weapons trade across the Thai-Burmese border near Karen state; the current state of Karen refugees in Thailand; the Karen resistance efforts; and other topics. It's an interesting read regardless of your specific interest in Bur ...more
Roman Ginzburg
Apr 16, 2010 Roman Ginzburg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ref-corps
Story of Mae Sot and the Karen.
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