Poet Khet Thi (1976 – 2021)
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MYANMAR?
In Myanmar, on February 1, 2021 a military junta led by General Min Aung Hlaing in the capital of Naypyitaw staged a coup overthrowing the democratically-elected National League for Democracy government led by President U Win Myint and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. A nationwide civil disobedience movement emerged in February with street protests and strikes that were and continue to be violently suppressed by the junta sanctioning murder, rape, imprisonment, torture and raids to terrorize and silence civilians. Vicious attacks against many ethnic groups all over Myanmar are countered by various ethnic armies in self-defense. More than 200,000 people have been driven from their villages and towns in fighting by Myanmar’s army and police forces since the coup.
Our hearts are heavy with sadness and anger. Who can make sense of these innocent lives lost and the hatred that destroyed them? By remembering them, their names, and their life’s work, we honor them and their sacrifice. We celebrate the cause for which they now stand – one that elevates humanity, justice and peace. Confirmed deaths of over 800 men, women, and children were perpetrated by the Myanmar military. People of all ages, religions, ethnicities, and occupations who cared for the condition of their country and their futures.
One Minute – One Fallen
This platform is a community space to grieve and share, to celebrate and memorialize not only those who have died, but those who continue to fight. We owe it to them to keep the flames burning and their intentions alive.
Please join us in contributing a one minute tribute and intention – anything from an artwork image, video, mixed media, poem, song, music or reflection. Share your hopes or thoughts for those who have passed on. We gather here for them. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners has granted us permission to use their list of confirmed fatalities. We invite you to look through AAPPb list and dedicate your work to a member of the Fallen, or to memorialize all. Please submit your art/reflection in any/all media via our “Directions for Tributes” Page.
“I don’t want to be a hero, I don’t want to be a martyr, I don’t want to be a weakling, I don’t want to be a fool. I don’t want to support injustice. If I have only a minute to live, I want my conscience to be clean for that minute.” – Poet Khet Thi (1976 – 2021)