These photos on the BBC website do a good job of making the situation more ‘real’.
Having been there and met Burmese people, it truly saddens me to think about this happening. I’ve chosen my words carefully here and i can honestly say that without exception we did not meet an unpleasant Burmese person. Everyone we met was overjoyed to see us and we didn’t notice a hint of aggression, anger or hatred in anyone we met for the whole time we were there. The worst thing was that we were so popular that everyone wanted to talk to us to practice their English and wouldn’t leave us alone! Life in the spotlight is hard i tell you!