"Creative in Struggle" is the true and frank account of the
author's experience of teaching Karen students in a refugee camp on
the Thai/Burma border. It presents actual events but does not
reduce them down to a mere chronology. Instead, it charts a
challenging reflection on the frailties of being a helper, the
weaknesses of being a Westerner, and a realization of the lived
meaning of spiritual freedom, even when they are painful to admit.
Interspersed between the author's chapters are essays written by
the students themselves. The essays tell their stories, in their
words, of what it means to be an oppressed and targeted, tortured
and hunted, silenced and displaced people.
Although the story is an intensely personal one, through the
articulation of the inner psyche, the reader is moved from a safe
and distant place of the observer, into one which, at times, feels
incredibly close, utterly naked, and frighteningly vulnerable.
The reader is compelled to consider the implications of freedom,
of oppression, and of personal responsibility.
"Creative in Struggle" brings to the forefront of our minds,
and to the center of our hearts, one unavoidable and self-evident
truth; that their freedom and ours are, indeed, inextricably
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