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A message from Burma: pass it on

We create this blog to share our genuine feelings about Burma and its path to freedom.

I feel there’s a kind of mockery in the UK media excitement of a possible (and unnecessary) snap election in Britain where so few will turn out to vote. At the same time newspapers carry words and pictures from Burma where people are risking death, and dying, in a fight to reclaim democracy.

Although internet access is being choked in Burma, there are still remarkable efforts to get the message out to the rest of the world. And at home there are ways of showing support. Here are a few websites to pass on:

Forthview School in Edinburgh is selling saffron ribbons to raise money for their partner school, Hi Bee, on the border of Thailand and Burma.

BEST (the Burma Educational Scholarship Trust) is fundraising for Burmese Refugees. Murray Forgie, a trustee of BEST is now in Burma and will be blogging on the Forthview blogspot during his two week visit.

The Democratic Voice of Burma, the radio and television station broadcasting in exile from Norway, is also collecting donations and asking for people to upload messages and images of support.

Burmese bloggers without borders – whatever the Burmese regime may do this website shows people are still blogging from and about Burma. Here is the declaration on their home page:

When certain significant events unfold unexpectedly, we can no longer sing only melodious tunes. Instead, we find ourselves gathering whatever strength we can find, to survive in the turbulence of historical flame. Regardless of where we may be, we are bounded by our love for Burma. Freedom is our sky. Justice is our life. Peace is our nature. We create this blog to share our genuine feelings about Burma and its path to freedom.

1 Comment

  1. Administrator

    To be honest, I am a little uneasy posting these comments on Burma: my blog seems such a pathetic little effort against such a huge force. But perhaps every little helps. Since posting the blog earlier today I have received the Amnesty appeal asking supporters to demand the release of hundreds of peaceful protesters arrested on September 25.

    Write to:
    Nyan Win – Foreign Minister
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Union of Myanmar
    Fax: +95 1 222 950 or +95 1 221 719

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