Myanmar – once one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia – is now one of the region’s poorest, suffering from a host of problems, drugs being one of the worst. In the Hpa-An region alone, it’s estimated up to 80 percent of the population’s youth either use or push drugs. The most popular drug goes by the name yaba – a methamphetamine. Why are so many young men and women turning to yaba?
In Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma, Economist correspondent Richard Cockett gives a timely, fascinating insight into the country’s chequered history and its current attempts to reform. Cockett spent years in the region as a correspondent. His enlightening history, from the colonial era on, explains how Myanmar descended into decades of civil war and authoritarian government.
Taking advantage of the opening up of the country since 2011, Cockett has interviewed hundreds of former political prisoners, guerilla fighters, ministers, monks and others to give a vivid account of life in Myanmar. The book contains a chapter focusing on the battle against drugs, which will be the subject of his talk at Asia House.
Join Cockett as he introduces this often overlooked problem.
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