TEthnic Mon Monk and Right Activists Make Donation to Insein Prison


Ethnic Mon Monk and Right Activists Make Donation to Insein Prison

Thursday, September 13, 2012

“When Burmese people have problems, we need to help them. When ethnic people have problems, Burmese people need to help us because Burma is a union and this is the mindset of a genuine federal union,” said Talagon Zaw Latt, an ethnic Mon Buddhist monk who is a former political prisoner of the Burmese government and was released at the beginning of this year.

Prisoners from Insein Prion pay respect to Buddhist monks during received donation from the monks and right activists on September 9. (Photo:Wai Hmuu Thwin's,Facebook)

Talagon Zaw Latt told a story about how he and some ethnic Mon from Mon State, along with Burmese democracy activists from Rangoon who are members of the 88 Generation Students group – a humanitarian group ,–  and a singers’ group, in total about three-hundred people, went to donate money to prisoners at Burma’s notorious Insein Prison on September 9.

“I have been thinking since before the Buddhist lent that I want to donate food there [Insein Prison], but I could not organize enough money. After i discussed this issue with our Mon youth and the youths’ donations were gathered together, we were finally able to go. In total, we raised about 700,000 kyat,” said the monk.

“When we got to Rangoon I invited others to join us, in order to have more friends going there [Insein Prison].”

Four Mon Buddhist monks include Talagon Zaw Latt and democracy activists take group photo in front of Insein Prison. (Photo:Wai Hmuu Thwin's,Facebook)

The three-hundred people divided into two groups. One group went to donate to flood victims while the other group went to donate at Insein Prison.

The three-hundred people also contributed monetary donations, which was donated to two men, an ethnic Mon and Karen, who were both political prisoners. Each man received a total of 190,000 kyat.
“We need to work together to have equal rights and a federal union in Burma. Without equal rights, we cannot have peace in Burma,” said the monk.

The monk gave dahama talks to prisoners and told the people that their minds are not locked in prison even though their bodies may be.

Rin Ko, a well known Burmese singer, also gave a performance and sang an emotional song to the gathered prisoners. The name of the song he sung was ‘If I Have Wings, I Will Fly to You.’

In an emotional scene, many prisoners began crying as they listened to him singing, overtaken by their desire to return to leave a life in shackles and return to their loving homes.


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