Joah McGee has been living and studying Buddhism in Myanmar, blogging, podcasting and reporting from Mynmar, for over a decade. His podcast and blog, Insight Myanmar, has been reporting primarily on Burmese Buddhism and culture. But recently, when the Tatmadaw Coup deposed the democratically elected National Unity Government on February 1, 2021, his podcast has taken a different turn. Joah is now covering the Burmese Revolution, interviewing people from all walks of life who are directly involved in the ongoing Civil Disobedience Movement. Joah and I had an interview about a month ago on the situation in Burma, which was supposed to be my first Engage! podcast on the issue, but because of technical difficulties, that podcast recording was lost.
However, I’m happy to report that Joah and his team have gone deep into reporting on the revolution in Burma on Insight Myanmar. Because of all the familiarity and trust that Joah and his team have built up over the years with people in Myanmar, he was able to interview activists in the CDM who could be arrested for even speaking about the revolution to the foreign press. These interviews are a valuable window into the ongoing resistance and democracy movement in Mynamar for the rest of the world.
The current nonviolent movement can only be sustained so long as the Burmese people have medical supplies, adequate food, protective equipment, and other basic necessities. But with all the banks in Myanmar currently closed now, it is not possible to go through the usual channels to transfer funds, so it has been quite challenging for well-intended donors to send money where it is needed most. Fortunately, using local networks, we are able to ensure that 100% of donations get where they are intended. For this reason, we have formed a nonprofit called Better Burma, which also includes a Better Burma Blog where you can follow our updates as to how we are supporting the protesters. In addition, we are formally expanding our current media work of podcasts and essays to better inform those outside of Myanmar about what is really happening.
Any donation you provide will be applied towards the specific purposes mentioned above, as well as the wider CDM mission, as the Burmese people continue their struggle for freedom. If you would like to give in some other way than the options we present below, please contact us for more information.