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The Last Journey for the Man of Peace

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In 1971, after my father retired from the United Nations, he realized that his Burmese passport had expired. He had been travelling on his UN passport so he had not been aware of this. When he applied for a renewal, he did not get any response. We believed his passport may have just sat on the desk of an official in the NY Mission, with staff too scared to take any action. After waiting for some time, my father wrote to General Ne Win in March of 1974. He also let him know that his health had not been good. Soon after, General Ne Win wrote back saying he just got the letter, was sorry that my father’s health was not good, and had just instructed staff in the Mission to renew his passport. The day he got his passport, hand delivered by a high official from the Burmese Mission in NY, my father felt at peace, knowing that any misunderstanding had been cleared. He had undergone serious cancer surgery recently but asked us about going back to Burma and finding a place to live there.
To fulfill my father’s last wish to go back to his beloved motherland, we decided to bring his body back to our Burma to be laid to rest. The tragic events that transpired during the course of those weeks, remain unforgettable in my personal memory, and in the collective memory of the Burmese people.

Saying Good Night

During the many years that I lived with my father and mother, I used to go to their bedroom each evening to say good night, then closed the door of their bedroom behind me. My mother once said she used to wonder how long those moments would last. I realized from her words that they cherished them. On the early morning of December 11, 1974, as I left the Cantonment Garden, I said “good night” for the final time to my father.

[The above is adapted, with the same title, from my previous writings on the 19th anniversary of my father’s passing]

Written by Aye Aye Thant

Posted by Khin Maung Htay</em

Contribution Request

Dear M.E.H.S / BEHS (1) Dagon Alumni

I would like to inform you that Government of Myanmar officially announced that all the high schools will be opened in mid July, 2020. In accordance with the instructions, Basic Education High School No.(1) Dagon (former Methodist English High School) need to be opened in mid July.There are about (6000) students in BEHS(1) Dagon and the Principal,Teachers and Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) need to prepare COVID-19 prevention matters in time before opening of the school. In this regard, we would like to invite contributions from the MEHS /BEHS (1) Dagon Alumni to arrange the following materials for the students before opening of the school in time.

  1. Body Temperature Screening Equipment.
  2. Basins for hand washing.
  3. Sanitizers.
  4. Face Masks.
  5. Face Shields.
  6. Gloves.
  7. Hand Gels.
  8. Pulse Oximeter.
  9. Emergency medicines to be kept in School Nursing Room.
  10. Foggers to spray insecticides.

Please contact EC members of Yangon Working Committee and EC members of former MEHS Memorial Foundation in order to remit your contributions.
“Even the smallest act of kindness is worth while “.
Thanks & Best regards,
Selwyn @ Saw Wynn
General Secretary,Yangon Working Committee.
Patron, Parents Teachers Association, BEHS No(1) Dagon(former MEHS)
Myanmar Yutani Co., Ltd.
G17-19, F13-15,
Aung San Stadium (North Wing)
Gyophyu Street, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township,
Yangon, Myanmar.

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