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This blog provides mainly notes from Little Burma. For more up-to-date photo-web please go to www.yanoya.photo

Martin Kovan’s Czech blog on Burma, Tibet and Buddhist ethics in this context (translations from English) here.

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In Little Burma – Engaged Buddhist armed fighter now supporter and employer

Mae Sot, Little Burma in Thailand, May 2011 – Myat Thu usually does not spend too much time in the Aiya cafè, so I was happy to meet him there ‘by chance’, even before any trial to contact him… Though he surely had his plans what to do, he stayed practically as long as I listened to and put questions, in an interesting conversation.

Myat Thu is in his middle age, with Burmese and Shan ethnic roots, borned in the delta of Irrawaddy. Studied physics, however could not finished. The revolutionary year 1988 he spent in his homeland, in the delta. At that time he decided to join the army of the ABFSU (All Burma Federation of Student Unions), though he had been a Buddhist. He says under this army he fought with Mara, the tempter. He confesses there was a kind of hatred and he killed some people within army fights, but not under any other occasion.

Today, he is still engaged however his focus has shifted. Continue reading…

Barma Listopad 2011 – Protesty mnichů v Mandalaj

Protests in Mandalay 15th November 2011; picture by bigbrown.blogspot.com„Doufáme v nejlepší, jsme připraveni na nejhorší“.

Protest za propuštění politických vězňů, ukončení občanské války, zrušení cenzury a za umožnění svobody projevu, který začalo pět mnichů v Mandalaj v centrální Barmě v úterý 15. 11. brzy ráno, a který měl podle následného příslibu zástupců Rady Sanghy z téhož dne trvat tři dny, byl pod tlakem úřadů předčasně ukončen ve středu odpoledne. Úřady mnichům prostřednictvím Rady Sanghy zaručili, údajně i podpisem, bezpečnost, omezili jim však možnost volného pohybu a cestování a nařídili jim návrat do jejich domovských měst. V pátek podle zpráv přijeli mniši do Monywy v oblasti Sagaing, Sangha je však do kláštera nepřijala. Mniši se rozdělili na dvě skupiny a jsou na cestě do odlehlých míst. Spojení s nimi bylo přerušeno. Jedná se o první protest mnichů od roku 2007.

Události 15.-18.11.2011 v Mandalaj a souvislosti – na základě zpráv The Best Friend, zahraničních médií (DVB, Irrawaddy, Mizzima) a Amnesty International. Shrnutí a souvislosti.

Mandalay Photo – http://www.bigbbrown.blogspot.compicasaweb – Many thanks for such bravery and sharing…

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Ven. Ashin Gambira in Darkness.

Venerable Ashin GambiraLeading monk of Saffron revolution in crucial physical and psychological state, suffering of fits as a consequence of his torture. Venerable Ashin Gambira was unjustly disrobed and imprisoned in Nov’07, later sentenced to 63 years (after update). He has actively continued the struggle even in prison up to now. His core human rights as a prisoner are denied. Medical treatment is denied, except (probably sedative) injections.

There is an actionlight a candle” to rise up awareness about his case and all the others unjustly imprisoned in Myanmar. It includes sending letters to those responsible. The call is the unjustly imprisoned to be immediately released, their human rights to be accepted and followed. Urgently just now, venerable Ashin Gambira has to be provided with medical care in hospital, up to now denied.

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In Little Burma – The Resisting in Uncertainty

Mae Sot, Little Burma in Thailand, May 2011 – Mostly about political ex-prisoners and people escaped from Myanmar with no sufficient identity in Thailand. Since 2006 up to now, due to Thai policy decisions, without any legal possibility to attain legacy of stay. Living in Mae Sot and in May 2011 facing uncertain process of registration or screening, with unclear aims or guarantees. Forced by situation to move into refugee camps, despite potential dangers for them there.

„We need to follow the right way, though there are obstacles, danger or discomfort. To keep our self-confidence, our inner values.“
Thiha Yarzar

From the whole bulk of available information and documents, the apparent is: they experienced real life-threatening not only situations, but long years. Dishuman treatment, unimaginable torture, denying them even base human needs and rights. Touching “soul”. Cognition under the conditions like these, facing deepest fears. Yet, their dignity, selfconfidence and courage, as well as reasoning or intellect, are sustaining, vivid and inspiring when meeting them. One can just bow down and marvel, facing such potential.

They have starved for human rights and democracy in Burma. They have “enjoyed” attention of the Burmese millitary intelligence; have faced stable chance to be caught. On their path, which they consider as the right one. While keeping in mind and maintaining their inner preciousnesses. They experienced student years at a university as well as bullets in demonstrations, arrests, long torture, most of them sentences for many years or even, originally, death. They might had not sensed they could survive. Later, after all the experience, they successfully got away from Myanmar. Some luckily escaped before cought. Many of them continue to engage anywhere, including Mae Sot, a town surnamed as Little Burma or the City of Exiles.

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Květen v Malé Barmě – Vzdorující v nejistotě

Mae Sot, tzv. „Malá Barma“, Thajsko, Květen 2011 – O bývalých politických vězních a dalších lidech, kteří uprchli z Myanmaru; nyní mnozí bez identity nebo omezeně. Od roku 2006 Thajsko paušálně odmítá udělovat statut uprchlíka, který je potřebným krokem k legalizaci pobytu a žádosti o azyl. V květnu 2011 v Thajsku začal registrační proces, jehož záměry a garance jsou nejasné. Článek o tom, jak žijí v takové situaci někteří bývalí političtí vězni a další lidé uprchlí z Myanmaru; nyní mnozí uplně nebo částečně bez identity. O situaci v městě před registračním procesem a nuceným odchodem z města.

„Musíme jít tou správnou cestou, i když někdy jsou na ní překážky, nebezpečí, nepohodlí. Musíme, abychom si udrželi důvěru v sebe sama, vnitřní sebehodnotu.“
(Thiha Yarzar)

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