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In Case You Missed It: LLF Alumna Wai Wai Nu Named a Next Generation Leader
Wai Wai Nu, a leader in Burma’s ethnic minority Rohingya population, has endured more than her share of hardship, including seven years as a political prisoner due to her father’s pro-democratic politics.
Today, Wai Wai Nu is a force for change and a voice of leadership amidst reports of systematic violence against her Rohingya people. In an interview with the Bush Institute, Wai Wai said such abuses, “are real, very, very critical conditions [that] our people are under threat [for] their very existence.”
She believes the Myanmar government’s immediate response must be transparency on the issue. She calls on the government “to allow free media access, media access [for] all international and local [outlets] to Rakhine state” and “to allow humanitarian [groups] to be able to support the affected people.”
Given her dedication to advancing human rights, particularly for marginalized communities such as women and minorities, it’s no surprise Wai Wai has become a globally-recognized champion for freedom in Burma. Having witnessed Wai Wai’s strength of character during her time in the Liberty and Leadership Forum, we’re proud she was named one of Time’s 2017 Next Generation Leaders.
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Christopher Walsh serves as a Manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight.
Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.
A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies. He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.Full Bio
ICYMI: Burma’s Crimes Against Humanity in the Headlines
Headlines continue to cover the well-known persecution and forced removal of Rohingya Muslims from Burma, but we're also beginning to see more visible coverage of Burma's lesser known conflict with the Kachin, a mostly Christian ethnic group near Burma’s resource-rich northern border.
Two-Minute Take: U.S. to Provide $44 million for Vulnerable People in Burma and Bangladesh
The U.S. has provided more than $299 million in humanitarian assistance for people in and from Burma since October 2016. This additional aid aims to help bring relief to more than 9.3 million people who are affected by conflict and lack basic human necessities. Read more on the details of the announcement.
Nowhere to Call Home
In May 2018, a U.N. Security Council delegation visited Burma’s Rakhine State, where more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims, a persecuted ethnic minority group, have fled military-led violence. The visit is a step in the right direction, but more must be done.
My Medical Journey Through Burma
Nay Lin Tun, a 2017 Liberty and Leadership Forum (LLF) graduate from Burma, is a medical doctor and a Master’s student in the National University of Singapore’s Public Policy program. He recently completed an internship in Burma’s deeply conflicted Rakhine State.