Just over one month ago we spoke with our second featured nomad, Anders Möller about his time in Yangon, Myanmar and we later followed up with a brief post about why Yangon was becoming a dynamic, must-visit destination in Southeast Asia. Just a few short days after we uploaded our conversation with Anders, Myanmar suffered damning blows to democracy and civil liberties as the military kidnapped high ranking public officials and imposed martial law.
Since that day the world has watched things go from bad to worse as reports of kidnappings and violence against civilians increase in the face of unwavering public protests. The situation in Myanmar is actually in many aspects much worse than you may think. There is more violence happening than is being reported and local journalists attempting to broadcast accurate and timely information are among the military’s biggest targets. This has been extremely worrying on a personal level as we have friends who live in the country.
At Nomad Era we believe that in our globally interconnect world, the issues affecting one country impact all of us in ways that are not always made immediately clear. If you read our post about Yangon or watched our interview with Anders and felt inspired to visit the city and want to get involved to help the people of Myanmar, here is one way you can help provide accurate and timely reporting of the events inside of Myanmar.
The Journalism Safety Dashboard tracks the efforts of one group to distribute safety kits to journalists across the country. These safety kits contain helmets, goggles, pepper sprays, N95 masks, paid VPNs and international roaming SIMs to keep journalists safe and able to continue reporting from anywhere. Most freelancers and junior reporters in Myanmar make 1.5-2 lakh per month (about $100-$140) and have very little extra to spend on themselves. The group is still receiving PayPal donations via email@example.com.
Every small action is impactful, wether that be a monetary donation or sharing the safety dashboard with others in your social circle. We encourage you to share this information and increase awareness of what’s happening in Myanmar. If you know any other organizations that we should be aware of let us know either in the comments or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org