"The government is bankrupt and the generals have all the money," reported Mizzima News, on 25 April, quoting a member of an International NGO in Rangoon.
"I am not shy having a disabled father, but I am worried about him. With the disability, struggling for a life is so difficult and rough," said a little boy, who looked sad. So was I, with tears gathering in my eyes, I could not continue our conversation. We were silent for a movement. The weather also seemed to understand our feeling. The sky suddenly became dark and cloudy. The wind was also damp. Apart from the wind, the chipping of the birds and the crackling of the mother and baby chickens around the hut were the only noises.
Almost 70 years ago, Maurice Collis, a former British magistrate in Burma, toured the Shan States, which included a visit to the biggest and most prosperous of them all, Kengtung. Kengtung was ruled by a royal family that traced its descent to King Mengrai, the founder of Chiang Mai. Under British rule, the Kengtung Saophas (princes) ruled semi-autonomously, administering to affairs of state from the Haw Saopha Kengtung (Kengtung Palace), which Collis also visited.