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It was at the height of the monk-led democracy uprising in September 2007. Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, cared passionately about Burma. He had already called the Chinese prime minister and the president of the United States, to discuss the crisis, Zovirax For Sale. And now he wanted to talk directly to someone from Burma. He called Zoya.
Zoya Phan’s journey from the remote jungles of eastern Burma to being consulted by the British prime minister, ordering Zovirax online, is a remarkable one.
Her parents were ethnic Karen, a minority ethnic group in Burma that has faced decades of persecution from the central government and successive dictatorships. Both were involved in the Karen struggle for freedom, democracy, and human rights. Online Zovirax without a prescription, Her father, Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan, was the general secretary of the Karen National Union (KNU), an organisation that represents the Karen people. Zovirax For Sale, Her mother, Nant Khin Shwe, had been a soldier in the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the armed wing of the KNU.
Padoh Mahn Sha had always hoped that his youngest daughter would work for the freedom of her people. He had named her after Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, a Russian freedom fighter in World War II. But, Zovirax brand name, as attacks against the Karen increased, it seemed that the father’s hopes might not be fulfilled.
Zoya was fourteen years old when she first had to flee for her life from the Burmese army. She and her family hid in the jungle for weeks before arriving in a refugee camp in Thailand. Thailand was a reluctant host to the refugees, forcing them to fence themselves in with barbed wire. The food provided by aid agencies was barely enough to live on, and there were no proper schools and educational opportunities, Zovirax For Sale. Zovirax gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, After a year, the family moved back into the Karen state in eastern Burma, hoping that they would be safe this time. The attack by the Burmese army came a few months later, without warning. Zoya was doing her maths homework when she heard the screaming whine of a mortar shell fired at her village.
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Zoya and her family ended up back in a refugee camp in Thailand, seemingly with no hope for the future. But, Zovirax used for, it was now that the sense of determination and commitment, that has made her one of the highest profile exiled activists from Burma, came to the fore. She refused to be beaten. She decided she would get an education no matter how difficult, and would learn how she could do something to help her people, stop the abuses and crimes against the Karen.
Against the odds she secured a scholarship to study in the United Kingdom, order Zovirax no prescription, and there, for the first time, thousands of miles from her home, she was able to take action about the situation in her country.
The first demonstration she attended was outside the Burmese embassy in London, marking the sixtieth birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi. She was asked to compère the event, introducing speakers and leading the chanting, Zovirax For Sale. What is Zovirax, Dressed in full Karen costume she attracted the attention of journalists and photographers, and a few days later was asked to appear on the BBC, to talk about the situation in the Karen state.
Then, she joined Burma Campaign UK, an organisation promoting human rights in Burma. She was young and inexperienced but intensely driven, and did not hold back in pushing for Burma Campaign UK to do more about what was going on in ethnic areas.
There are two Burmas, canada, mexico, india. The one we hear about with Aung San Suu Kyi, thousands of political prisoners, and monks marching for freedom in Rangoon. The other Burma is the one where Zoya comes from, where ethnic groups have been facing military attacks for decades. Zovirax For Sale, The attacks on villages that Zoya experienced as a child were not unique, and carry on to this day. Zovirax wiki, More than 3500 villages in eastern Burma have been destroyed in the past fifteen years.
The origin of these attacks goes back decades, some would say centuries. Burma is a country of many different ethnicities, and before colonial rule, Burmese kings belonging to the Burman ethnic group, the largest in Burma, treated many of these ethnicities, Zovirax without prescription, including the Karen, as slaves and savages. A Karen could face death by crucifixion just for being able to read.
Under British colonial rule things improved significantly for ethnic minorities. They were given equal rights and promoted to positions in the government and the army, causing resentment from some members of the Burman ethnic group.
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Sixty years on, the situation is a long way from a civil war, as most people would think of one. The dictatorship introduced what it called a four cuts policy attempting to undermine support for armed resistance groups. The cuts consist of cutting recruits, intelligence, food and financial support, Zovirax For Sale. Zovirax over the counter, It is nothing less than the deliberate targeting of civilians. In the mid 1990s, attacks escalated as the new dictatorship, that took over Burma in 1988, used foreign trade and investment to double the size of the army and modernise its weaponry.
Today, the KNU only controls a small area of the Karen state while its armed wing is mainly engaged in trying to defend villages from attacks by the Burmese army.
In the Karen state and other parts of eastern Burma, rape is systematically used by the army as a weapon of war, Zovirax mg, even against girls as young as five. Hundreds of thousands of people have been used as slaves by the army. And humanitarian aid into the region is blocked. Zovirax For Sale, United Nations officials responsible for monitoring human rights in Burma have described the attacks as war crimes, and called for a UN Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The Karen and other ethnic groups see these attacks as part of a plan by the dictatorship to Burmanise the country. The dictatorship seeks to either subsume ethnic groups by banning teaching of their languages and history, and so slowly destroying their culture, Zovirax price, or to wipe them out by force if they resist.
It was the lack of humanitarian assistance for people fleeing attacks and hiding deep in the jungle, internally displaced persons (IDPs) as they are known, that Zoya decided should be the first issue she lobbied on, as a member of Burma Campaign UK. She had never forgotten the desperation and misery of hiding in the jungle with no food, medicine or shelter. She had seen children dying from treatable diseases because of the lack of medicines, Zovirax description, available on every high street in most countries.
“The denial of aid is as effective at killing my people as a bullet,” she said.
As the Burmese junta refuses to allow the UN or aid agencies into large parts of Karen and other ethnic states, the only way to deliver aid is through people from those areas crossing into neighbouring countries to collect aid and take it back, known as cross-border aid. As the British government refused to fund this kind of aid, Buy generic Zovirax, Zoya led a high profile campaign for a change of policy, calling for a doubling of aid to Burma, and funding for cross-border aid. She spoke before the parliament and in the media, winning people over with the force of her argument.
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The speech raised Zoya’s profile, and increasingly she was being interviewed by exiled Burmese radio stations which broadcast back into Burma. She became a role model for young people inspired by her activism, and was admired by many Karen who had not had such a high profile voice in the international arena before.
But, while she saw that her profile was helping her raise awareness and ensuring access to media and politicians, it also made her uncomfortable, where can i find Zovirax online. She did not want the focus to be on herself, but instead on the issues. The increased profile also came with a price, as she learned that her name was now on a regime hit list which had been intercepted by the opposition.
She remained undaunted. Already there had been one attempt on her life, when someone had been sent to her home in Thailand with orders to assassinate her father, but failing that to either kill or rape Zoya, Zovirax For Sale. The plot did not succeed.
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By now she was writing her autobiography, online buying Zovirax hcl. Zovirax For Sale, Having seen how through her own story people had come to learn about her homeland, she saw the book as being a window into Burma, “If my story is what it takes to get people to take action then it is worth writing.”
In January 2008, Zoya took a delegation of MPs and journalists back to the Thailand-Burma border to meet refugees and political activists, even sneaking back into Burma to meet the IDPs. She was reunited with her father for the first time in four years. He was so proud to see the work she was doing. His dreams for her had been fulfilled.
But, just days after her return to the UK, tragedy struck her life again.
On the morning of February 14, Zovirax canada, mexico, india, 2008, she received the call: “Your father has been shot.” She did not have a moment to grieve or take in the shock. Her father was a respected and much loved leader who had dedicated his life to the struggle. Now, he had been assassinated by agents of the Burmese junta, Zovirax For Sale. Journalists were calling Zoya within minutes, interviewing her even as she cried.
Travelling with Zoya to Thailand for the funeral of Padoh Mahn Sha is an experience I will never forget. Rarely does one witness such courage and bravery.
I had been expecting that her arrival in the Thai town of Mae Sot, where her father had lived, Zovirax steet value, would be a chance for her to grieve with family and friends, and for them to comfort a young woman who had just lost her father. The opposite was the case, as many were looking to her for comfort and encouragement. She understood that. Zovirax For Sale, She had been ready for it, and that is what she did.
She buried her personal grief underneath her sense of personal responsibility. Buy cheap Zovirax, There were no more tears. The loss of her father was not just her own, it was a loss to the entire Karen people. It would demoralise them greatly that the dictatorship had succeeded in killing their leader. She knew she had to be strong for them.
It was extraordinary to witness how people responded to her. In Karen culture, elders are respected more than youth, and men more than women, but here were elderly men, soldiers, and political leaders, looking to her for hope and support, Zovirax For Sale. I saw battle-hardened soldiers who have fought for decades in the jungles of Burma break down in tears, their head on her shoulder, Zovirax no prescription, not the other way round.
Wherever we went people looked to Zoya for encouragement and support, and she never failed to provide it, spending time talking to people, encouraging them, and maybe even recounting a funny story about her father to make people smile.
The dictatorship had used two Karen men, No prescription Zovirax online, from a group which had split from the KNU, to carry out the assassination. Even in their grief, Zoya and her family sought unity rather than revenge. They issued a statement to Karen soldiers belonging to this group saying: “Come back to us, come back to the KNU. Let us be one family again.”
The entire time we were on the border, Zovirax recreational, the security situation was tense. Zovirax For Sale, We knew that hit squads remained in town, and were planning to kill more pro-democracy leaders. Just weeks before, when Zoya visited the border, there had been two attempts to assassinate her and her father.
Despite her family suffering so much for their involvement in the struggle, the death of her father, After Zovirax, and her own life in danger, there was never a moment she considered giving up.
Her determination grew, stronger now as she and her brothers and sisters vowed that they would carry on their father’s work, and not allow what he fought for to die with him. They set up the Phan Foundation in memory of their parents, funding projects to fight poverty, promote education, order Zovirax no prescription, defend human rights, and protect the Karen culture.
Zoya has become one of the highest profile political exiles from Burma. Her autobiography, Little daughter, was published worldwide to critical acclaim. Zovirax description, And, in a new role as International Coordinator for Burma Campaign UK, she has travelled the world meeting presidents, prime ministers, and celebrities. In the past year, she has been made a TED fellow, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and is regularly interviewed by the international media.
An effective and articulate speaker, she has the ability to touch people emotionally, but making it clear to her audience that she does not want sympathy, she wants change, Zovirax For Sale. Introduced at an event as a woman who would steal your heart, Zoya came onto the stage and stated boldly, buy Zovirax without prescription, “I do not want your heart, I want you to take action.”
At a Downing Street meeting, Gordon Brown declared that the British government was doing everything it could to help the situation in Burma. The girl from the jungle of eastern Burma was not to be awed by the charms of meeting the British prime minister. Without hesitation she replied, Order Zovirax from United States pharmacy, “Thank you Mr. Prime Minister. We do appreciate your support, but, actually there is more that you can do,” and then went on to list what she thought he ought to be doing.
While she has a remarkable ability to reach the international community, she also knows it is important to encourage other people from Burma, Zovirax without a prescription. She does not just speak about the horrific human rights abuses taking place, and the need for international action, but also about a vision of what Burma could be like, and should be like.
“I dream of a day when all the people of Burma can live side by side in peace, different but equal,” she says. “We can not just talk about what is wrong with Burma, we also have to talk about the kind of country and society we want, when we get democracy.” Until that day comes, Zoya Phan remains relentless in pushing for more action from the international community.
Mark Farmaner is Director, Burma Campaign UK.
In print: Independent World Report -- Issue 5, September 2010.
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