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Poetry in Burmese

Burma Storybook
Regissør: Petr Lom og Corinne van Egeraat

In conflict-ravaged Myanmar, poetry has been an important tool for dealing with reality. But the road has been short from the writing room to the prison cell.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

"I met many other poets in prison," Maung Aung tells Pwint. He is one of the Burmese poets who tells his story in the film Burma Storybook (2017). The quote could probably have been taken from most countries with repressive regimes: Dictators fear poetry. Even men whose power base lies in leading a brutal army with great force of arms understand that the word also has power and can threaten their control over an oppressed population. Myanmar's prisons have been filled to the brim. . .

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Former Country Director for Norwegian People's Aid in Myanmar. Email: ingeborg.moa@gmail.com

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