This publication is the 5th in the series of the Shan Herald’s drug watch program, following our previous
◆ Show Business: Rangoon's War on Drugs in Shan State (2003)
◆ Finding Neverland: The story of Yawngkha (2005)
◆ Hand in Glove: The Burma Army and the drug trade in Shan State (2006)
◆ Shan Drug Watch: Wa sacrifice at what price? (2007)
A few months after the 4th publication came out, we had a chance to meet Mr Xavier Bouan from
the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) who had been monitoring annual opium output in Burma,
and were pleasantly surprised when he acknowledged that our findings “converged”, to use his own
words. What he said was significant as the meeting took place only 4 months after the UNODC chief
had declared the Golden Triangle would be free of drugs soon, contrary to our findings that the output
had been increasing.
As we see it, provided that both official and independent monitoring stick to the truth, their reports will
serve as head and tail of a coin, giving the people a full picture of the situation and a formulation of the
right solution to the problem. To paraphrase the Bible, the truth shall certainly make Burma - and the
world - free.
We also take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to Mr Kevin Simons for compiling the
2007-2008 assessment and the evaluation of the State Peace and Development Council’s 15 year
drug eradication plan. Special thanks also to Ms Nadia Stone for her wonderful editing.
And, last but not least, our warmest thanks to the readers without whose support our project would
have been long abandoned.
Mysoong Kha! (May you prosper!)
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Shan-Report June 09
Shan-Report June 09