Myanmar Needs Help

Trip Start Jul 10, 2007
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Myanmar
 
What is happening in Myanmar at the moment is sad and beyond belief. I am not sure what information is getting through to the Western side of the world but from what we are seeing on the news or reading in the papers is that people are being killed and at least 700 Buddhist monks and 500 locals have been reported missing because of the protesting.
  
Travelling through South East Asia for the last 3 months, my family and I have embraced the gentle traditions and have observed the kindness and acceptance of the peaceful Buddhist population.   For instance, an event as simple as sweeping a floor is done using special soft brooms to ensure that the insects are not killed during the process. 

 We never crossed over to Myanmar but have met many Burmese refugees in the northern moutain tribal villages in Thailand.  They had escaped from their country to live happily and contently with very little.
 
It is frightful what is happening in Myanmar; innocent people and the most revered members of the population are being killed.  Valid petitions to help stop the violence are circulating on the web.  Let's make our pen mightier than the sword and bring as much attention to these atrocities to stop this insanity.   Life needs to get better in Myanmar.
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claudeleblanc
claudeleblanc on

Myanmar
MJTYEX,

We are getting some coverage of the events in 'Burma' and agree with you that such repressions must stop. It is surreal to see peaceful monks attacked by stick-wielding gun-totting soldiers. Hail democracy.

In a lighter vein Sens 3 Leafs 2 last night...!

Papa

guygallant
guygallant on

Bonjour des Gallants
On suit vos périples depuis le début. C'est fascinant, surtout votre dernier message de Birmanie. Ici la saison de basketball a recommencé. Phil est coach, Tim l'assistant et Guy le manager. Moi je suis un tiers des décibelles... Nous avons acheté une maison à Alta Vista, pas vraiment plus loin, mais plus de place, et avec une piscine! On déménage en novembre. Vous nous raconterez votre voyage en détail au bord de la piscine cet été.

XXOO

ilonap
ilonap on

Myanmar, NWT?
Did you know that the map accompanying this entry shows you as somewhere near Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories,and on the webpage, it's listed as Myanmar, Canada?

Heh.

I've seen some really touching pictures. A street filled with thousands of saffron-robed monks. Thousands, walking. And we've heard stories of the monks being gunned down.

This kind of peaceful protest can work - remember Ghandi in India, ML King in the states - but never without deaths. The people of Burma know what their government is capable of. It makes their actions all the more courageous.

claudeleblanc
claudeleblanc on

Myanmar
MJ,

Si tu te souviens bien, je parlais toujours de mes aventures (fictives) en Birmanie durant la WW II, eh bien maintenant je suis revendiqué puisque l'on situe Myanmar exactement à Yellowknife NWT. Comme tu le sais j'ai passé beaucoup de temps en cet endroit à l'hiver 1978 durant les recherches du Cosmos soviétique....

Papa

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