$15,531 raised to help Myanmar people

Holding the flag of Myanmar to spread awareness of a fundraising concert in Dunedin later this...
Holding the flag of Myanmar before May's fundraising concert in Dunedin are (back from left) Chintana Utunwin, Aye Thaung, Khin Than, Su Dali Than, and (front from left) Sumaya Taha and Hannah Than. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
Thousands of dollars raised in Dunedin will help provide aid to people in coup-affected Myanmar.

Organisers of the Solidarity Myanmar concert in May — who asked not to be named as it would put their family in Myanmar at risk of reprisals — said $15,531 was raised through about 400 ticket sales and donations.

The money was being distributed through Mutual Aid Myanmar, a sub- group of I Support Myanmar, to help deliver food and other essential supplies to those affected.

"We live in a country where our rights are respected ... Knowing our people are suffering back home, it is hard for us to sit still and do nothing," the organisers said.

"Our way of showing support is providing them with food and shelter, however we can."

The situation was getting worse, and those trying to provide aid were often being targeted by the military, they said.

"The people who are helping [in Myanmar] are really taking a risk."

The army seized power in Myanmar after in February, after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won a landslide victory in the polls last year. Myanmar’s military rulers have accused her of corruption.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said as of July 6,894 people had been killed by the junta.

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