Headline, April 12 2021/ ''' '' AYE MYAT THU '' ''' : MYANMAR

''' '' AYE MYAT THU '' ''' :



STUDENT AYE MYAT THU DREAMED of becoming a princess, A passing soldier shot her. It never registered where all the blood was coming from - why she wasn't saying anything at all. The bullet had hit the left temple.

The 10-year old, with dreams of being a makeup artist or a nurse or maybe even a princess with long golden hair, like the one in ''Maleficent,'' which she had watched a zillion times, no joke, ran down a path.

At least 40 of the dead were children/students under 18, according to a tally compiled by The New York Times that relies on medical testimony, funeral details and family accounts.

A few of the minors were killed for participating in the protests. Many others were bystanders who were seemingly killed execution style, with single gunshots to the head.

Often the children/students were killed as they went about their lives, playing or huddling with their families, in cities and towns that have descended into terror. Some had done nothing more threatening in their final moments than seek comfort of a father's lap, serve tea, fetch water or run down a lane with a piece of coconut.

''I have no power of revenge against the soldiers who killed my daughter,'' said Daw Toe Toe Lwin, Aye Myat Thu's mother. ''All I can do is hope that their turn comes soon.''

The slaughter of children has eclipsed the violence of previous military crackdowns, horrifying a nation accustomed to the Tatmadaw's impulse to use maximum force against peaceful civilians. And it has hardened the resolve of the mass protect and civil disobedience movement that shows little signs of folding in the face of the army snipers and grenade launchers.

On March 20 - with the death toll mounting, some residents of Mawlamyine staged a set of creative rallies, meant to keep them safe. Instead of protesting in person, they lined up rows of stuffed animals, posting photos of them on social media.

There were Winnie the Poohs and Piglets, the Japanese robot cat Doraemon and a tiny turtle holding the sign that read ''We want democracy.''

Across the country that day the security forces killed at least 114 people, among them seven children in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, a baby-girl was half-blinded when a rubber bullet struck her eye.

No one quite knows why the soldiers wandered into Aye Myat Thu's neighborhood of neat wooden houses, each painted a cheerful hue, sprays of bougainvillea adding more splashes of color.

Mr. Soe Oo took a coconut from the family palm tree and hacked at it carefully, lest the sweet water spill out. Sounds like the pop of firecrackers echoed in the hazy heat.

The hole from the bullet was so small that Mr. Soe Oo said he couldn't understand how it had extinguished the life of his daughter, another random victim of a trigger-happy military. ''She just fell down,'' he said. ''And she died.''

The funeral was the next day. Buddhist monks chanted, and mourners gathered around the coffin, raising their hands in the three-fingered salute from ''The Hunger Games'' that has become the protesters symbol of defiance. Garlands of jasmine framed the girl's face, the bullet still lodged somewhere in her skull.

''I want to tear off the soldier's skin as revenge,'' said U Thein Nyunt, her uncle. ''She was just an innocent child with a kind heart. She was our angel.''

Around her body, the family placed some of Aye Myat Thu's favorite belongings : a set of crayons, a few dolls and a purple rabbit, some Fair and Lovely cream, a Monopoly board and a drawing of Hello Kitty she had sketched two days before she was killed.

On the paper, next to the cartoon cat, Aye Myat Thu had written out her name in careful English letters.

''I feel empty,'' said Ms. Toe Toe Lwin, her mother.

The Tragedy and the Sadness of this publication is overwhelming on The World Students Society. thanks author Hannah Beech.

With respectful dedication to Mankind, the people of Myanmar, and then Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011 :

''' Aye Myat Thu '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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