Chicago talk Show zawhteh ciahphei tawlnga mannailo,Face of Myanmar Presentation dingin research kabawl kawm in City official, funder, service provider tuamtuam leh philanthropist pawlkhat te telzawkdeuh ding deihsakna tawh guhzek in ka thusunna hi lai ah nasim sak un.

June khasung inzongh Community Needs Assessment Conference leh World Refugee Day zongh ngeina lamvui tawh ki muakpih dinghi.

First of all, thank you so much all of you not just for being here to learn more about Myanmar communities in Portland but also welcoming and helping us make Portland our new home and make able to pursue our future dreams. Without your kind hospitality and support, hope will be fade away from us. My name is Pu Zogam Mang and I am a Zomi.

Burma as you know a resource rich and fertile nation, once regarded as the rice bowl of Asia. Under military rule since 1962, its fortunes have declined, and today it is one of the least developed and least free country on earth. Burma is also the source of one of the world's most protracted refugee cries. The freedom today very few people enjoying in Myanmar were granted by people who do not understand freedom and hate democratic reform.

Almost 1 million refugees from Myanmar lived in neighboring countries such as Bangladesh, India, China, Thailand and in Malaysia as undocumented alien immigrant.

And half a million IDP hiding across remote border area inside Myanmar.

More than 75, 000 refugee from Myanmar were resettled by the US government alone, some 5, 000 refugee are resettled by Canada, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.

Socialist dictator's 1983 census recognized 135 ethnic groups in Myanmar. The main stream refugee here in Portland are from Chin, Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Zomi ethnics and a few from Burmese Muslim called Rohingya.

Over 50 years of military dictated ethnic cleansing, force labor, and force relocation and religious persecution flamed toward ethnics minorities generates tens of thousands flees their homeland.

1985 Burmese government agenda of Buddhism as official religion by the then prime minister U Nu, pushed ethnic Christian minorities to the edge between IDP and refugee camp along the border.

In the National Registration Card (National ID), there was a questions what is your ethnicity and what is your religion. Who do not fill Burmese/ Buddhism will face discrimination, loss assets, Fundamental Rights and regard them as second class citizen.

Today, we might unknowingly support Burmese Military Dictatorship and their systematic ethnic cleansing by recognizing them as Burmese/ Burma.

Let us use the terms Union of Myanmar to remembering and sympathized the suffering of all the unknown victims and to promote genuine democracy in the war-torn SE Asian Nation.

I would like to remind that the words Burmese/ Burma is the motivational force behind racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing. If we keep call them Burma, we might blind eyed ethnic cleansing/ genocide. Please call Union of Myanmar.


Zogam Heixaa



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