Emma Thompson

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Time to leave Myanmar. There’s too much to write about, too much to consider, too much to admire, too much to grieve over. This morning we take a bus to Ming Galar don township on the outskirts...
Emma and Joanna Kerr join AA Myanmar's Country Director Shihab when he meets a government minister and in a change of atmosphere they sample the buzz of an Activista youth networking event. Tindy...
Emma's son gets to wander around the magical site of Bagan (Myanmar's answer to Angkor Wat), while Emma and Joanna Kerr head back to the capital for a conference. Feelings of jealousy soon subside as...
Emma hears how when Khin Lin's bus broke down, so did the self-control of the mainly male passengers. Fortunately, happier times lay ahead.As we walk back Khin Lin tells us about the horrors of her...
In the shade of a medicinal garden, Emma and Jo have an emotional encounter with two women who have risked absolutely everything for their communities.Our next port of call is a quiet place where Jo...
Emma discovers that the state of Myanmar has effectively been ruled by the shrewd manipulation of internal ethnic conflict. Without peace-building efforts, the many challenges faced today from...
Emma learns about the wide-ranging work of our Activist Fellows and even finds one who sells his hair to finance his activism.The rest of the day is spent learning about everything the Fellows do....
More than a hundred inspiring and inspired young people gather at the local monastery for a Fellows Conference - but will Tindy get a snog?This jet lag will kill me. Barely slept, even after 25mg of...
Emma Thompson, her son Tindy and Joanna Kerr have their spirits lifted by a unique awards ceremony, while Emma ponders how deep the inequality of women goes and where it begins.We repair, subdued, to...
After another bumpy ride on the oxcart, Emma Thompson joins Joanna Kerr to hear sobering stories of domestic violence and inequality and how the women of Myanmar are squaring up to the issues - and...