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The ah nah: Conversations with Myanmar podcast was born from a desire to bring into public consciousness the atrocities that are currently being committed in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Our goal is simply to keep the
Latest Episode9/25/2022

“Chris Gunness"

Season 3, Ep. 1
Suzanne and Ruth are joined by Chris Gunness, founder of The Myanmar Accountability Project. In 1988 Chris covered the democracy uprising in Myanmar for the BBC. He has remained an outspoken and passionate advocate for human rights and the rule of law ever since. After a 23 year career in the BBC, he joined the United Nations as Director of Strategic Communications and Advocacy in the Middle East. In 2019 he left the UN and returned to London. He founded the Myanmar Accountability Project in response to the military coup in 2021. The Myanmar Accountability Project works discretely with civil society within Myanmar to build criminal cases against individual members of the Myanmar security forces. Here he discusses their work and the current international legal cases they have pending against the Junta. The ah nah: Conversations with Myanmar podcast was born from a desire to bring into public consciousness the atrocities that are currently being committed in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Our goal is simply to keep the conversation going, and to let the people of Myanmar know that they have not been forgotten. You can continue to support the people of Myanmar by keeping this conversation going. You can subscribe to this podcast on all major podcasting apps, including Apple, Spotify and Acast. You can also follow us on all our social media pages, linked below. If you’d like to reach out, please email us or fill out this form to add your voice to the conversation (https://tinyurl.com/3ee7ssm9).Credits:Song: Kabar Makyay Bu (Until the End of the World), was written and recorded by Naing Myanmar, it became the revolutionary anthem of the 1988 pro-democracy movement and could be heard once again all over Myanmar during the 2021 Coup. Naing Myanmar maintains that the song is no longer his, since the '88 uprising “it belongs to everyone”.Graphics: SelinaXinSound Effects: https://mixkit.co*Special thanks to Chris Gunness and the entire team behind the Myanmar Accountability Project who continue to dedicate their time and resources to fight for justice for the people of Myanmar. We are so grateful to Chris for adding his voice to the conversation, you can find our more about The Myanmar Accountability Project here: https://the-world-is-watching.org Follow ah nah:instagram.com/ahnahpodcastfacebook.com/ahnahpodcasttwitter.com/ahnahpodcast
9/25/2022

“Chris Gunness"

Season 3, Ep. 1
Suzanne and Ruth are joined by Chris Gunness, founder of The Myanmar Accountability Project. In 1988 Chris covered the democracy uprising in Myanmar for the BBC. He has remained an outspoken and passionate advocate for human rights and the rule of law ever since. After a 23 year career in the BBC, he joined the United Nations as Director of Strategic Communications and Advocacy in the Middle East. In 2019 he left the UN and returned to London. He founded the Myanmar Accountability Project in response to the military coup in 2021. The Myanmar Accountability Project works discretely with civil society within Myanmar to build criminal cases against individual members of the Myanmar security forces. Here he discusses their work and the current international legal cases they have pending against the Junta. The ah nah: Conversations with Myanmar podcast was born from a desire to bring into public consciousness the atrocities that are currently being committed in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Our goal is simply to keep the conversation going, and to let the people of Myanmar know that they have not been forgotten. You can continue to support the people of Myanmar by keeping this conversation going. You can subscribe to this podcast on all major podcasting apps, including Apple, Spotify and Acast. You can also follow us on all our social media pages, linked below. If you’d like to reach out, please email us or fill out this form to add your voice to the conversation (https://tinyurl.com/3ee7ssm9).Credits:Song: Kabar Makyay Bu (Until the End of the World), was written and recorded by Naing Myanmar, it became the revolutionary anthem of the 1988 pro-democracy movement and could be heard once again all over Myanmar during the 2021 Coup. Naing Myanmar maintains that the song is no longer his, since the '88 uprising “it belongs to everyone”.Graphics: SelinaXinSound Effects: https://mixkit.co*Special thanks to Chris Gunness and the entire team behind the Myanmar Accountability Project who continue to dedicate their time and resources to fight for justice for the people of Myanmar. We are so grateful to Chris for adding his voice to the conversation, you can find our more about The Myanmar Accountability Project here: https://the-world-is-watching.org Follow ah nah:instagram.com/ahnahpodcastfacebook.com/ahnahpodcasttwitter.com/ahnahpodcast
7/17/2022

"Tom Opdyke"

Season 2, Ep. 22
Suzanne and Ruth are joined by Tom Opdyke, founder of 5k for Myanmar. A former expat, Tom lived and worked in Myanmar and like many who called Myanmar home, he was utterly devastated when the coup broke out in February 2021. Unsure of what he could do to help, he decided to run. In March 2021, one month after the coup, he started 5k for Myanmar. He told family and friends that he was going to run everyday for a month to raise money for the Myanmar people. At the end of the month things in Myanmar had not changed and were in fact getting worse, so he decided to run for another month. As there was no let up in the situation, the initiative continued to grow to the point where Tom completed a 5k everyday for a year to raise money & awareness for Myanmar. Here Tom talks about the love he has for the Burmese people, his time in Myanmar, his inspiring 5k personal journey, and the next phase of 5k, where with the help of a network of supporters, someone somewhere in the world will run a 5k for Myanmar everyday.The ah nah: Conversations with Myanmar podcast was born from a desire to bring into public consciousness the atrocities that are currently being committed in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Our goal is simply to keep the conversation going, and to let the people of Myanmar know that they have not been forgotten. You can continue to support the people of Myanmar by keeping this conversation going. You can subscribe to this podcast on all major podcasting apps, including Apple, Spotify and Acast. You can also follow us on all our social media pages, linked below. If you’d like to reach out, please email us or fill out this form to add your voice to the conversation (https://tinyurl.com/3ee7ssm9).Credits:Song: Kabar Makyay Bu (Until the End of the World), was written and recorded by Naing Myanmar, it became the revolutionary anthem of the 1988 pro-democracy movement and could be heard once again all over Myanmar during the 2021 Coup. Naing Myanmar maintains that the song is no longer his, since the '88 uprising “it belongs to everyone”.Graphics: SelinaXinSound Effects: https://mixkit.co*Special thanks to Tom Opdyke and all those who continue to find ways to raise awareness and generate financial support for the people of Myanmar. We are so grateful to Tom for adding his voice to the conversation. You can check out 5k for myanmar here: https://www.5kformyanmar.comFollow ah nah:instagram.com/ahnahpodcastfacebook.com/ahnahpodcasttwitter.com/ahnahpodcast
7/3/2022

"Ntxoo Tori Hong"

Season 2, Ep. 21
Suzanne and Ruth are joined by Ntxoo Tori Hong, an Asian-American digital artist and illustrator. Ntxoo's most recent project: ‘Our Spring was Endless’, is an initiative through which she collaborated with Karen & Dawei poet, Thet-Htar. 'Our Spring was Endless' is a wholly unique generative NFT collaboration using art and blockchain technology to support women and children from Myanmar’s Karen State displaced by the military junta. It is a collection that centralizes the power of memory, using words and images in lockstep. Each minted NFT features a single hand-drawn house and artifacts from Burmese history, bordered with the English and Burmese poetry of Thet-Htar. Her words colour each image uniquely, imbuing them with the pain of hindsight, the bravery of resistance, and the ache of abnormality. 100% of the primary proceeds from this generative fundraiser will go to emergency aid for displaced Karen women and children via 501(c)(3) fiscally-sponsored charity Karen Women’s Organization, a woman’s community-based organization that provides emergency aid to 80,000+ displaced Karen people. Here Ntxoo discusses the initiative, her desire to bring the fight for Myanmar to Web3, explains how blockchain and NFT technology works (to a very confused Suzanne and Ruth!), and speaks about her allyship with the people of Myanmar and wanting to honour the martyrs of the revolution.The ah nah: Conversations with Myanmar podcast was born from a desire to bring into public consciousness the atrocities that are currently being committed in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Our goal is simply to keep the conversation going, and to let the people of Myanmar know that they have not been forgotten. You can continue to support the people of Myanmar by keeping this conversation going. You can subscribe to this podcast on all major podcasting apps, including Apple, Spotify and Acast. You can also follow us on all our social media pages, linked below. If you’d like to reach out, please email us or fill out this form to add your voice to the conversation (https://tinyurl.com/3ee7ssm9).Credits:Song: Kabar Makyay Bu (Until the End of the World), was written and recorded by Naing Myanmar, it became the revolutionary anthem of the 1988 pro-democracy movement and could be heard once again all over Myanmar during the 2021 Coup. Naing Myanmar maintains that the song is no longer his, since the '88 uprising “it belongs to everyone”.Graphics: SelinaXinSound Effects: https://mixkit.co*Special thanks to Ntxoo Tori Hong, Thet Htar and Angelina Hong for this wonderful initiative, and to all those who continue to find ways to raise awareness and financial support for the people of Myanmar. We are so grateful to Ntxoo for adding her voice to the conversation. You can check out ‘Our Spring was Endless’ here: https://ntxoo.art/our-spring/Follow ah nah:instagram.com/ahnahpodcastfacebook.com/ahnahpodcasttwitter.com/ahnahpodcast
6/19/2022

"Tin Ma Ma Oo"

Season 2, Ep. 20
Suzanne and Ruth are joined by Tin Ma Ma Oo, a Myanmar-born activist living in New Zealand. She along with her family left Myanmar for Thailand amid civil unrest during the ‘88 uprising. They became recognised as political refugees through her father and the family was chosen to resettle in New Zealand in 2000. Tin Ma Ma Oo has continued to work hard to advocate for democracy in Myanmar working tirelessly with the Democracy for Myanmar working group New Zealand. Members in this group are a collective of Myanmar community leaders, regional representatives from Myanmar ethnic communities, academia, and social justice activists. Here she talks about what role the international community needs to play in Myanmar’s story, the gap yet to be bridged between different generations of activists, as well as ethnic groups within Myanmar, and the work that Democracy for Myanmar Working Group continue to do in trying to bring about fundamental change in the fight for Myanmar’s freedom. The ah nah: Conversations with Myanmar podcast was born from a desire to bring into public consciousness the atrocities that are currently being committed in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Our goal is simply to keep the conversation going, and to let the people of Myanmar know that they have not been forgotten. You can continue to support the people of Myanmar by keeping this conversation going. You can subscribe to this podcast on all major podcasting apps, including Apple, Spotify and Acast. You can also follow us on all our social media pages, linked below. If you’d like to reach out, please email us or fill out this form to add your voice to the conversation (https://tinyurl.com/3ee7ssm9).Credits:Song: Kabar Makyay Bu (Until the End of the World), was written and recorded by Naing Myanmar, it became the revolutionary anthem of the 1988 pro-democracy movement and could be heard once again all over Myanmar during the 2021 Coup. Naing Myanmar maintains that the song is no longer his, since the '88 uprising “it belongs to everyone”.Graphics: SelinaXinSound Effects: https://mixkit.co*Special thanks to Tin Ma Ma Oo and all those who continue to work tirelessly to campaign for Myanmar in the international community. We are so grateful to Tin Ma Ma Oo for adding her voice to the conversation. You can check out her work here:Follow ah nah:instagram.com/ahnahpodcastfacebook.com/ahnahpodcast
6/5/2022

"Chuu Wai"

Season 2, Ep. 19
Suzanne and Ruth are joined by Myanmar painter and artist Chuu Wai, who is currently in exile in Europe. Born and raised in Myanmar, Chuu Wai's artistic impulse found a new outlet after a sexual harassment encounter on the streets of Myanmar at the age of 18. Her work considers the many ways in which society controls and scrutinizes women more than men, the ways that women resist this and how this culture is evolving. Her paintings, which she sees as part of this evolution, have won more than 30 national and international exhibitions in London, Luxembourg, Hong Kong and Canberra. When the coup broke out in Myanmar in February 2021, Chuu Wai took to the streets to protest, and a number of protest artwork and creative initiatives placed her front and center of the resistance. But a visit from soldiers to her home was a moment of awakening in which Chuu Wai realized 'that the military can do anything to her and no one can stop them.' This realization led to her making the agonizing decision to leave the country. She has however continued to irk the military with viral protest works in Europe, resulting in threats to the life of her family in Myanmar. Here she talks about fulfilling her dream to live as an artist, then losing it all when the coup happened, her decision to flee to Europe, the pain and guilt of leaving her country and her family, and her determination in continuing to resist the military with her most recent artwork in Zurich, Switzerland. The ah nah: Conversations with Myanmar podcast was born from a desire to bring into public consciousness the atrocities that are currently being committed in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Our goal is simply to keep the conversation going, and to let the people of Myanmar know that they have not been forgotten. You can continue to support the people of Myanmar by keeping this conversation going. You can subscribe to this podcast on all major podcasting apps, including Apple, Spotify and Acast. You can also follow us on all our social media pages, linked below. If you’d like to reach out, please email us or fill out this form to add your voice to the conversation (https://tinyurl.com/3ee7ssm9).Credits:Song: Kabar Makyay Bu (Until the End of the World), was written and recorded by Naing Myanmar, it became the revolutionary anthem of the 1988 pro-democracy movement and could be heard once again all over Myanmar during the 2021 Coup. Naing Myanmar maintains that the song is no longer his, since the '88 uprising “it belongs to everyone”.Graphics: SelinaXinSound Effects: https://mixkit.co*Special thanks to Chuu Wai and all those who continue to use their creative talents to bravely show their opposition to military rule. We are so grateful to Chuu Wai for adding her voice to the conversation. You can check out her incredible work here: www.chuuwai.comFollow ah nah:instagram.com/ahnahpodcastfacebook.com/ahnahpodcasttwitter.com/ahnahpodcast
5/22/2022

'Rahel Lam'

Season 2, Ep. 18
Suzanne and Ruth are joined by Rahel Lam, co-founder of Cup of Color, a non-profit organization built on the belief that beauty and truth can be found in the converging of many different voices. Their vision is 'to empower people living under hopeless circumstances by doing visual arts with communities'. Rahel and her husband Damon, a Hong Kong activist, know all too well what it means to lose your home and not be able to go back, to look at violence from afar and feel a sense of guilt for not being able to do anything to help. So when they got a request from a Myanmar activist to paint a wall in Switzerland for people suffering in despair and fear under a brutal regime, there was no hesitation: if they could do it they knew they would. From this encounter the Wall for Myanmar initiative was born. Here Rahel talks about the motivation behind Cup of Color, the desire to spread hope and resilience, especially to forgotten countries and peoples, and the importance of the Wall for Myanmar in helping Burmese people express their pain and suffering so that they can one day heal.The ah nah: Conversations with Myanmar podcast was born from a desire to bring into public consciousness the atrocities that are currently being committed in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Our goal is simply to keep the conversation going, and to let the people of Myanmar know that they have not been forgotten. You can continue to support the people of Myanmar by keeping this conversation going. You can subscribe to this podcast on all major podcasting apps, including Apple, Spotify and Acast. You can also follow us on all our social media pages, linked below. If you’d like to reach out, please email us or fill out this form to add your voice to the conversation (https://tinyurl.com/3ee7ssm9).Credits:Song: Kabar Makyay Bu (Until the End of the World), was written and recorded by Naing Myanmar, it became the revolutionary anthem of the 1988 pro-democracy movement and could be heard once again all over Myanmar during the 2021 Coup. Naing Myanmar maintains that the song is no longer his, since the '88 uprising “it belongs to everyone”.Graphics: SelinaXinSound Effects: https://mixkit.co*Special thanks to ‘Rahel, her family and the entire team at Cup of Color and all those who contributed to the wall for Myanmar for not forgetting and for bringing hope to so many. We are so grateful to ‘Rahel’ for adding her voice to the conversation. You can find out more about cup of color here: https://www.cupofcolor.orgFollow ah nah:instagram.com/ahnahpodcastfacebook.com/ahnahpodcasttwitter.com/ahnahpodcast
5/8/2022

"Nowhere is Safe"

Season 2, Ep. 17
Suzanne and Ruth are joined by John Quinley & Zaw Win of Fortify Rights, and Roger Polack of Yale Law School’s Schell Center, co-authors of the '"Nowhere is Safe": The Myanmar Junta’s Crimes Against Humanity Following the Coup d’État' report. The 193 page report, based on more than 120 interviews, exposes how the Myanmar military junta murdered, imprisoned, tortured, disappeared, persecuted, and forcibly displaced or transferred peaceful protesters, activists, political leaders, and other civilians throughout the country in the six months following the military coup on February 1, 2021. It provides the most extensive legal analysis to date, finding that the Myanmar junta is responsible for crimes against humanity under international law, and reveals the identities of 61 Myanmar military and police officials who should be investigated and possibly prosecuted, and the physical locations of 1,040 military units nationwide. ‘Nowhere is safe’ reveals new information about the military chain of command and thorough legal analysis of the junta’s widespread systematic attacks on the people of Myanmar. In this episode, John, Roger and Zaw Win discuss the report in detail and the need for the international community to address impunity by the military junta, hold perpetrators accountable, and end ongoing attacks on the people of Myanmar.The ah nah: Conversations with Myanmar podcast was born from a desire to bring into public consciousness the atrocities that are currently being committed in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Our goal is simply to keep the conversation going, and to let the people of Myanmar know that they have not been forgotten. You can continue to support the people of Myanmar by keeping this conversation going. You can subscribe to this podcast on all major podcasting apps, including Apple, Spotify and Acast. You can also follow us on all our social media pages, linked below. If you’d like to reach out, please email us or fill out this form to add your voice to the conversation (https://tinyurl.com/3ee7ssm9).Credits:Song: Kabar Makyay Bu (Until the End of the World), was written and recorded by Naing Myanmar, it became the revolutionary anthem of the 1988 pro-democracy movement and could be heard once again all over Myanmar during the 2021 Coup. Naing Myanmar maintains that the song is no longer his, since the '88 uprising “it belongs to everyone”.Graphics: SelinaXinSound Effects: https://mixkit.co*Special thanks to John Quinley, Roger Polack and Zaw Win and all those who contributed to the Nowhere is Safe report and to everyone who continues to work hard to document human rights abuses committed by the Myanmar military so that one day those responsible may be finally held accountable. We are so grateful to John, Roger and Zaw Win for adding their voices to the conversation. You can read the full report here: https://www.fortifyrights.org/mya-inv-rep-2022-03-24/Follow ah nah:instagram.com/ahnahpodcastfacebook.com/ahnahpodcasttwitter.com/ahnahpodcast