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‘I Am Going to Bring Them to Court Some Day FOR JUSTICE’ – Former Teenage Political Prisoner Soe Lwin

May 23rd, 2016|

By Burma Link | May 23, 2016 Soe Lwin is a 34-year-old man from Dawei who comes from a family of political prisoners. Despite his young age, Soe Lwin has spent nearly half of his [...]

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‘Our Village Was Burnt’: Karen Refugee Naw Woo

April 21st, 2016|

Naw Woo doesn’t know her age exactly but she thinks that she is about 40 years old. Naw Woo grew up in a small village in the Karen State, helping her parents make a living [...]

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‘International Community Should Support the Ethnic People’: Former Political Prisoner – PART 2

November 3rd, 2015|

Burma Link | November 3, 2015 Chit Min Lay was 24 years old when he was arrested at his home and taken to an interrogation centre, following his participation in the 1996 and 1998 student [...]

‘We Were Arrested, Please Tell the People!’: Former Political Prisoner – PART 1

October 28th, 2015|

Burma Link | October 28, 2015 In 1996, Chit Min Lay was a young university student full of dreams, wishing to become a literature man and a poet. He was about to finish his four-year [...]

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‘I Want to See a Burma Where We Accept Diversity’: Student Leader and Former Political Prisoner Sithu Maung

October 20th, 2015|

Burma Link | October 20, 2015 The student movement has historically played a central role in the pro-democracy struggle in Burma. Sithu Maung, a 27-year-old university student is one of the many who have paid [...]

‘We Have Always Been Running’: Why a Young Karen Woman Chose to Become a Soldier

October 5th, 2015|

Burma Link | October 5, 2015 Naw Mu Gay, 22, wanted to join the Karen army since a young age. Coming from a large family, Naw Mu Gay’s father found it hard to provide for [...]

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‘The Villagers [in Burma] Don’t Dare to Speak Out’: Kayan Refugee

August 29th, 2015|

Burma Link | August 29, 2015 Kataerina, a Kayan (also known as Padaung) woman from Pyin Soung village in southern Shan State, is now 35 years old and has three daughters. Her life seems smooth [...]

‘I Stopped Going to School, Because We Had to Flee to India’: PART 1 – On the Run from the Chin State

July 31st, 2015|

Burma Link | July 31, 2015 Aung Than is 26 years old, enthusiastic and positive young Arakanese man from the Chin State, whose determination of acquiring an education has kept him going through difficult and [...]