by Maung YIT • February 6, 2011 •
We would like to declare that ‘Friend of Moemaka Media Award’ for this year will be presented to 600 political prisoners who are being supported by the NLD’s social assistance body. We have decided to honor and raise, from our reserve funds, an initial aid of US $600 at the rate of one dollar for each of those prisoners currently listed and helped by the NLD.
If MoeMaKa’s friends and donors being pleased with such action wish to contribute as much as they can, we will add their donations to our initial fund and the total collection will go to political prisoners of NLD via its current assistance body.
The donations received within 7 days, starting from the date of this announcement made, will be given to the 600 political prisoners inside Burma through NLD’s social assistance committee. For example, if the appeal fund reaches US$ 1200 by adding donations from all of you, Moemaka will be able to support US$ 2 for each activist. We want to say that we are determined to assume responsibility for raising funds. We would also like to inform all of you that we will, to the best of our ability, keep supporting political prisoners in coming months as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Win Tin, and U Tin Oo have requested.
In Burma, there are many brave families, innocent students, and heroes who sacrifice their lives and future for the foundation and process of Burmese pro-democracy revolution. These martyrs sacrificed for what they believe in. By standing by those people, we express our support for both them and Democratic cause. We believe that it is a step towards the goal of pro-democracy movements. MoeMaKa is currently making a monthly donation of over US $700 /800. This program is a separate undertaking of Moemaka. We deeply believe that we will be able to carry out this duty with the support of the public and friends of Moemaka.
For the coming months, we are thinking of providing a list of political prisoners and their respective serial numbers to those who want to select and effectively help one prisoner of their own choice by drawing lots like the activity held in NLD’s headquarter, Yangon.
MoeMaKa would like to urge the Burmese from aboard to donate, within their limit, monthly to the different serial numbers of political prisoners so that these donations will, as a common aid, cover the assistance costs for 600 political prisoners. If you do donate only 5 dollar for one person or a number and undertake to help as possible numbers as you can, Moemaka team expect that Moemaka’s friends and us will be able to continue our monthly scheme to support 600 political prisoners of NLD.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has urged all of us to join hands in carrying out Burmese democracy movements, and to set up networks as far as we can reach. She also added that it is time to help and support ‘Prisoners of Conscience’ closely by taking responsibility by drawing lots. We, at present, think that we can help 600 political prisoners and their families of NLD’s network by raising funds and collecting contributions from aboard to a certain extent that we can think of.
With this letter we, the Moemaka team, would like to inspire members of social assistance groups of the Bay area, the NLD (L.A), friends in the USA, and organizations carrying out Burmese affairs to team up together with us.
The list of donors and the exact amount of funds received will be declared clearly.
Moemaka team also hope to be able to organize fund raising events for assistance of 600 political prisoners, a plan initiated by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy.
We welcome you all!