“You say you love your children above all else and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.” These are words of Greta Thunberg, the popular Swedish Environmental Activist. Her September 2018 speech on the BBC went viral in social media. It was effectively delivered after her climate strike outside the Swedish parliament.

My dear Friends,

I write these lines as a spiritual leader, empathizing with the sentiments of millions of people at this moment. I write to my dear people, the civilian leaders, the Tatmadaw (Myanmar army) and the international community. I have watched with sadness the moments of darkness in our history and watched with hope the resilience of our people in their struggle for dignity. We are journeying through the most challenging times of our history. I write with love towards all, seeking a durable solution, praying for an end forever to the periodic darkness that envelops our dear nation.

Christmas is marketed in fluffy and tinselling ways – in pastel colours, lots of emphasis on here today and gone tomorrow presents, chocolate and bubbly, friendly faces and cute children. The domestic reality, of course, is more mixed than that.