As an introduction to the politial realities of Akha life it is helpful to know what those in the field are saying about the Akha, what disinformation they are putting out, to fool the public into not knowing what is really going on so that the profiteers can continue what they are doing to the Akha which is exploitation.
Just a few words work good to start off. Slash and burn. Environmental destruction. Development. Selling their Daughters, drug use, uneducated, primitive, demon worshippers.
All these words were used carefully from government officials, to tourists, to missionaries to writers to create false impressions of who the Akha were and what was happening to them, making it that much more difficult for a genuinely concerned person to know what was going on or how to help.
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