Feb 16, 2010-In a suburb of the border town of Mae Sot one house is no longer a residence. It has, like many buildings in this town been turned into an ad hoc sweatshop.
It could not be relived in because on the morning of the 14th of February 2008 two men approached on the quiet road, out of their vehicle they carried bouquets of flowers.
They entered the gate of the two story suburban house and climbed the external stairs to the second story balcony that looks over the road and the dusty patch of grass and shrub.
On the balcony was the Karen National Union general secretary, Pado Mahn Shah. The revered leader was sitting reading the papers and would not have been particularly surprised to see people baring gifts or offerings.
He probably wasn’t surprised either when from within said offerings appeared the tools of his demise. He was shot several times in the chest. The last of many assassination attempts.
“For a long time the Burmese regime tried to kill my father” says Mahn Shah’s daughter Zoya Phan speaking to DVB from exile in London. “When I was 15 I survived three assassination attempts.” Continue reading “The house that Mahn Shah lived in”