Book Brief: “Abhaya: Burma’s Fearlessness”

Abhaya: Burma’s Fearlessness
By James Mackay
River Books Press 2011; 224 pp., $29.95 (paper)

In recent months, the world has been watching Myanmar — Burma — with timid hope that change is coming. Unfortunately, there is reason to believe that the Burmese government only released political prisoners to curry international favor and that it has no intention of loosening its stranglehold. In the new release, Abhaya, James Mackay draws attention to the plight of Burmese political prisoners by way of powerful photographs. [Click through here for more. And, click here to read of Aung San Suu Kyi’s new honorary Canadian citizenship, via Buddhadharma News.] Each one is of a former political prisoner standing with right hand raised in the mudra of no-fear (abhaya) and with the name of a still-jailed political prisoner written on the palm. “The people featured in this book have all had to learn to face their fears squarely during the decades they have passed in the struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma,” writes Aung San Suu Kyi in the foreword. “It is important that they and what they stand for should not be forgotten, that their sufferings as well as their aspirations should be remembered.”

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