'Julie & Joseph'
Suzanne and Ruth are joined by Julie and Joseph from Stars of Myanmar Friendship Club (SMFC). SMFC is run by a group of people in the UK with strong ties to Myanmar. The club focuses on supporting people in Myanmar through various means, including awareness campaigns, humanitarian aid, and providing financial assistance to those suffering under the illegal rule of the tyrannical military junta. Since the February 1st 2021 military coup, SMFC have carried out multiple fundraising campaigns which have sent money to those involved in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), for direct food assistance and for the purchasing of oxygen supplies when Covid-19 was at its worst in Myanmar. The group has also organised several photography exhibitions across the UK to raise money and increase the awareness of what is happening in Myanmar. At present SMFC have been leading the Four4Freedom Campaign in front of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office to urge the UK government to immediately expel the Myanmar Military Attaché, in collaboration with Myanmar Unity Movement. Here Julie & Joseph talk about the Four4Freedom Campaign, their respective routes to joining Stars of Myanmar Friendship Club, and the ongoing struggle for those who support Myanmar, both in and outside of the country.
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).
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”.
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*Special thanks to Julie & Joseph and the entire team behind Stars of Myanmar Friendship Club, who continue to dedicate their time and resources to fight for justice for the people of Myanmar. We are so grateful to Julie & Joseph for adding their voice to the conversation, you can find our more about Stars of Myanmar Friendship Club and the Four4Freedom Campaign on facebook: @starsofmyanmarfriendshp
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