Trip Report 2019
H4FA’s 2018 The last year has been an exceptionally full and rewarding one for us, albeit with increased challenges, both with our added responsibilities, and the very uncertain future due to the political and aggressive Myanmar military situation in the country. Whilst inevitably, with the fast passing years since WWII, the number of veterans is declining, we are finding more old veterans and their widows, usually in very straightened circumstances and often in remoter locations, difficult to reach. It is most regrettable that it is the case they have been missed and forgotten in earlier years, when the aggressive attitude and actions of the Myanmar military made communication and travel extremely difficult. This has unavoidably resulted in greater administrative and resource pressures on us, especially in Myanmar itself and also the knock on pressures at the UK end. To help meet these challenges effectively we are, with the generous help of our partner, Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, appointing a local person based in Yangon to directly assist with administration and distribution in country. This person will work closely with our recently appointed trustee, Zoe Rigden. Zoe is doing excellent and much needed work on the ground in Yangon and is based in SE Asia [Bangkok/Yangon]. She is very generously helped by her husband Ian Rigden who works extensively in the SE Asia region.