A Husband Whose Wife is a Political Prisoner
Mie Mie, 39, one of Burma’s well-known political prisoners, was recently transferred to the remote Kathar Prison. Once again, her husband, Hla Moe, will struggle to find a way to visit his wife as often as possible, traveling a long distance to share 20 minutes together each visit.
“It is very difficult to visit Kathar Prison because it is so far from Rangoon. Transportation is not easy” said Hla Moe, who works in a car repair shop and raises their three children alone.
“I will continue to visit my wife to honor what she has done for our country” Hla Moe told The Irrawaddy. “She is mentally sound, but her health is not good.”
Like other political prisoners, Mie Mie (aka Thin Thin Aye) has served time in various prisons including Pathein, Insein and Tharrawaddy prisons, in what activist say is a calculated plan on the part of the military regime to make it difficult for family members and friends to stay in contact with their loved ones.
Mie Mie was arrested in October 2007 during a demonstration in Rangoon against the high price of fuel, which later led to the monk-organized mass demonstrations that spread across the country.
She received a 65-year prison sentence based on five charges including unlawful association, threatening state security and violation of laws governing communication. Continue reading “Mie Mie, 39, one of Burma’s well-known political prisoners, was recently transferred to the remote Kathar Prison.”
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