By Jasper Peet-Martel
Myanmar Country Office Programs Intern
Myanmar, ripe with energy for change, is an incredibly diverse country, with over a hundred ethnic groups which all have rich and unique histories. The current conflicts of Myanmar, however, are just as diverse as its people. After many decades of conflict, there are now 16 Ethnic Armed Groups with which the Myanmar Government is in negotiation over a comprehensive Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). As an intern in the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) Myanmar Country Office, I assist in coordinating and implementing NP’s programs that provide technical assistance to our local non-government organization (NGO) partners. Through these partnerships, we set up systems that work to protect civilians from violent conflict and provide positive structures for dialogue and peace.