I believe that every discussion of the Myanmar crisis is very important since valuing everyone’s perspectives and listening the news regarding this issue, we can understand the true nature of the crisis.
(The brief story of Myanmar: If we look at the history of Myanmar, the country has a brutal military government for a long time and still that military government is controlling the total country. However, the only changes done to this country is having a leader called Aung-San-Suu-Kyi who was in house arrest for a long period of time against the brutal Myanmar military government. Currently, the problem in Myanmar is totally a cultural and ethnic issue, which the ethnic minority called Rohingya people are suffering. The majority population in Myanmar are discriminating the minority people in violent ways which led this minority people getting killed, beaten, getting their homes and villages burnt, destroying their freedom to live and fleeing them from their own lands to a neighbouring country (Bangladesh). Now, the current leader in Myanmar, Ann San Su Chi does not have any power against the military leaders to solve this crisis in a peaceful way.) (Skill 4)
One reason I believe this, the news regarding Myanmar we hear are either positive or negative background, because there are two different ethnic groups in Myanmar and both these groups are giving totally different news and stories which may be fake news or fake stories. (If you look at one side’s information, you will not know if that information is true and which they may have been concealing some bad actions, which they have done. Also, they will make different good stories, which the outside world can believe that they are truthful.) (Skill 5) Therefore, we have to rely on the reliable news sources, which includes TV news, Radio news, Newspapers, Online news/articles and Social Media discussions. In addition, we have to compare different news sources and get the true nature of the information.
However, at the same time, we have to be sceptical and not convinced easily since some of the news that we hear is partly or completely concocted and ambiguous. A solution to this is to get news from reliable sources such as The Guardian, The Times, Newsround, The Independent, Sky, Al-Jazeera and BBC so we can get all of the information. (Skill 3)
For Example, in Myanmar, we are listening and considering the Rohingya people's perspectives and how they have been persecuted, but do we ever consider the nature of how this problem started and the perspectives of the common Myanmar citizens?(Skill 1)
All we are doing is listening to the Rohingya people’s stories and then taking action. However, we need to consider the overall Myanmar country’s perspectives because; we are the outside people who are not living within the crisis’ region to have the true experience. This shows that every perspective is equally important because we cannot predict who is wrong in this topic and if and how we should take serious action on this situation or not.
If we hear both perspectives from both sides, we can combine it to create the correct information using all the incomplete information. (For example, I believe, in Myanmar, we are listening to the Rohingya people's views and perspectives more than Military side’s information and not the Myanmar citizen's perspectives, which includes so many incomplete information. The Rohingya people might say bad comments that the Myanmar Military did not even think of doing. On the other hand, the Military people might say bad comments, which the Rohingya people did not even think of doing too.) (Skill 2)
Knowing the true nature, this will allow the outside world to understand the true nature of the crisis, which then; the outside world can use mediators to resolve this crisis amicably and permanently, bringing both sides for discussion into the same table. I strongly believe the only way of solving this serious ethnic clash will be by discussion and peace talks, not using military or physical action.
This group peace talking and discussions can also apply to resolve any clashes and wars currently happening in the world. Eg. The Syrian war, which so many ethnic groups and countries are currently fighting against each other. It shows every day, the war changes in so many new phases (Skill 4), which you can learn further from these links below.
Being a member of the BNC, I have learnt so many different skills such as curiosity and questioning (Skill 1 in my article), scepticism (Skill 2), open mindedness (Skill 3), storytelling (Skill 4) and reasoning for my answers (Skill 5). This leads me not only to learn English skills, but also independent thinking and journalism writing, which is really helping my future studies overall.