Monday, August 21, 2017

Wheelchair-bound peace advocates reach Nay Pyi Taw

Disabled persons in wheelchairs advocating peace in Myanmar reached their destination in Nay Pyi Taw today (February 28).

It had taken the peace advocates two weeks to complete their “Wheelchair Train Movement for Peace” trip after starting their journey from Myitkyina township in Kachin State on February 15.

The peace convoy of 50  – made up of disabled persons from the Yangon School for the Blind and other organisations for disabled people – stopped in 14 towns and organised peace talks, musical programs and a signature campaign.

Towns that received the convoy included Mogaung, Mohnyin, Katha, Tagaung, Thabeikkyin, Letpanhla, Mandalay, Meiktila, Tatkon and Pyinmana.

The “Peace on Wheels” convoy was held to mark the coming 2nd Panglong Conference, which was initially set to be held by the end of this month. The event has since been postponed.

U Thein Lwin, Yangon School for the Blind administration committee chair, said they had planned to present peace documents to the organisers of the conference after the convoy ended.

But since the event has been postponed, they would hold on to the documents until the conference was held, he said.

“We will save the documents until then. A copy will be sent to the Tatmadaw and other ethnic groups involved in the conference.

“We want peace for Myanmar,” he said.