Living in this jungle world are a people without a country. Other ethnic minorities in Burma face similar pressures, though after decades of fighting, the minorities have been unable to forge a strong united front.
The minorities have limited freedom of movement. It’s hard to know if the jungle is a prison, freedom, or both. If prison is lack of freedom, and freedom is lack of prison, both are as much a state of mind as of matter.
Yellow trace is the Thai-Burma border, with Thailand on the right. The pin on the right is the location of the Jungle Twins described in a recent dispatch.