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An appeal to Burmese intellectuals; (r)
Subject: Re: An appeal to Burmese intellectuals; missing words are filled
Dear Ma Ma,
Some comments for the Burmese intellectuals :
1. they should express academically what is wrong in Burma during the regime.
2. They can educate the people about what we need to do to develop a
democratic and prosperous country
3. they should help the organisations who are actively involved in the
4. they can collect money to support the refugees and movement.
5. don't sit, stand up and do something for the country.
from Naing Aung
At 04:04 AM 09/11/1996, you wrote:
>From: Khin Ni Ni Thein <nin@xxxxxx>
>Subject: An appeal to Burmese intellectuals; missing words are filled
>I saw few words missing in the previous posting. Please do accept this
>Subject: FOOD FOR THOUGHT; an appeal to Burmese intellectuals
> Dear ALL,
> Let me express my thoughts in a written form with the hope
> that it would in turn serve as food for your thought.
> I am thinking about two items as follows:
> #1. What is the difference between refugees and
> idp(internally displaced persons)
> #2. What is the difference between humanitarian refugees
> and academic refugees
> For item #1, I donot see any difference between refugees and idp in general.
> The total amount of suffering is the same under the different headings. The
> later can be named as "slow genocide". The point I would like to make here
> is not that which one suffer less but that who can help whom. Can refugees
> help idp or can idp help refugees?
> No, no way. As a Burmese saying goes, this is the case which
> "Southern-King can't be helped by the Northern-King".
> For item #2, I can see a bit of hope that later can help the
> former. Yes, indeed. Academic refugees can be the great help for the
> humanitarian refugees. No, not money wise. I know that almost all the
> academics who fled the country are either unemployed or under-employed except
> for the few percentage. Even if all the academic refugees are very wealthy
> quite willing to help refugees in terms of financial assistance it would not
> be a successful solution. It will only worn out the resources until and
> the cause that forced people to flee is prevented. Let me quote, "The best
> solution of the refugee problem was the prevention of the causes that forced
> people to flee" said (Asda Jayanama, Thailand) (source:UN Third committee
> conclude debate on refugee issues).
> Therefore the question here and now is, "How can Burmese academic
> refugees (this term is used because they fled the country for academic
> survival) help those Burmese humanitarian refugees? in what way?"
> There are many ways:
> (1) by the selective service, not working directly or indirectly with
> undemocratic government(s)
> (2) not to be instrumental for those who formulate, benefit and
> implement the opressive and undemocratic policies
> (3) not to be called as academic white washers, we can live up
> with our ethical codes
> (4) give the free time to read the current developments on
> the democracy movement of Burma
> (5) squeeze your talents to get ideas how can you stop this
> deterioration in Burma in your own way, with your own style
> Note: one person can make a difference!!!
> (6) be instrumental for the people who are less fortunate than you
> at least in power of thoughts at most in every way
> (7) collective actions could be an effective way to work together
> Could you please fill in the blanks?
> If you do not want to answer this call publicly, please send
> direct e-mail to my account.
> Thanks for your time and for reading it.
> With metta and solidarity,