Christopher J. Walker describes the tragic and the comic, how they exist side by side under oppressive military rule in Myanmar.
Tea Circle is grateful to Christopher for sharing his personal account of life under military rule in Myanmar. Recognizing that his voice is one of many, we encourage other authors to submit their own accounts.
This post is the twenty-ninth installment in an ongoing series, Chronicle of a Coup, comprised of reports written from within Myanmar by Christopher J. Walker (a pseudonym), a longtime resident, which together sketch one person’s first-hand account of the weeks and months following the February 1, 2021, military coup. A selection of his reports will be posted weekly, every Friday. A chronological archive is also available here.
This is the saddest and most painful thing I have ever written, and my greatest hope is that I will never have to do so again. Since I began writing about events in Myanmar almost six months ago, it has always been my goal to convey to you the feelings that we experience here on a daily basis. Yet I know that I have failed in every attempt, in part because of my questionable writing skills and also because my goal is simply not humanly attainable.
There is much more to this story that I cannot reveal. I apologize for that. But at some future time it deserves to, and must, be told to honour the memory of the five who chose to fall. Nothing they did would you have found morally or ethically objectionable. Nothing they did would you not have done yourself.
Though the police and military will fabricate a false narrative, what is written above is the true, although incomplete, story of what occurred on that horrible day. Despite the necessary omissions, I hope that what has been included is sufficient to stir you in some way so that the Burmese people can continue to resist. You can join in their resistance by standing alongside them in any way or by any means possible. The help that they need now is even greater than in the past, so that what has happened here will never happen again.
As U Kyaw Moe Htun, Burma’s ambassador to the U.N., declared before the assembly of nations in a courageous and emotional speech in which he strongly denounced the February coup and gave a three-finger salute to the people of Myanmar, the revolution must succeed! အရေးတော်ပုံအောင်ရမည်
With tears for the memory of those who took a selfless leap to protect the security of others, and to all who read this, our heartfelt thanks.
Christopher J Walker (pseudonym) has called Myanmar home for a number of years. He thanks his friend and editor Mathieu Lukas for his assistance in preparing these reports for safe and timely publication.