We’ve arrived in Myanmar, and and although current governmental humanitarian issues challenge visiting, it’s a country filled with friendly people, expansive and impressive mountain ranges, and stunning temples. And yet sadly, as often is the case, greed in the government offers next to no welfare laws (if any at all) for wild and captive elephants, to catastrophic ends. With juvenile elphants being gifted to Russia scores of elephants sent to China for circuses and Thailand for tourism, and a quiet transport of elephants with Sri Lanka, the elephants of this country have a long fight ahead for freedom.
The individual people we have met, however, have been relentlessly kind, eager to learn about the rest of the world, and generous in their time and smiles. The work ahead is filled with challenges, but along the way there is colorful goodness to be treasured as well.