Mong KoThe Mong Ko.
Translated du chinois et expliqué par Richard Wilhelm. Situated in Shan State, Burma.
Return from Mong Ko
During the third weekend of November I went to Mong Ko in the north of Shan State in the midst of violent conflicts between the North Alliance and the Burmese army. of the Kachin Independence Army, the Ta'ang National Liberation Army, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Arakan Army.
On 20 November, the government started common offensive in several cities, among others in the Muse trading area and in Mong Ko in Mong State. Mong Ko was struck most severely by collisions and suffered the most serious damages and victims. It is located on the Burmese-Chinese frontier and can be reached via Kyukok (Pangsai).
Mong Ko was barred during the clash. Since the Mong Ko highway through Kyukok (Pangsai) was closed by collisions, we had to travel through China, and we came across many control points along the itinerary. Mong Ko natives tell me not to take a camera or laptop through China, so all I took was a rucksack, two mobile telephones and a bounder.
At Man Hai we encountered the auxiliary minister Gam Seng of the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC), who enabled us to pass the Mong Ko-Borders. Before I left I had already been told that Mong Ko had seen violent hostilities and that a Roman Catholics temple and a college had been severely affected by arson.
On the way to Mong Ko, my soul was beating. The intrepid aid minister Gam Seng was with us on our motorcycle for our interview and photo shootings all over the city. While taking photographs, we met U Ye Htun, technical director of Muse and U Ngwe Htay, manager of Mong Ko.
When you need help, let me know," said U Ye Htun. But I called the parish manager and got to the local grammar schools to see the damages. "A Mong Ko station 2 lady, who didn't want to be called, asked how we'd get by if our homes and crops were burned.
Seng Gam tells us that most of the homes that had been burned down were near stategic uprights of the goverment forces. There is no power in Mong Ko now and it is not comfortable for the visitors to stay in the city," he said before he sent us back to the China-Gateway.
He was an employee of the general administration of the municipality of Mong Ko. Then he asked me where I was and if and when I would go to Mong Ko the next time. Approximately one evening later the caretaker of Mong Ko, U Ngwe Htay, also phoned me. I had thought for a few minutes about the choice and the next morning I didn't go to Mong Ko.
Returning to Rangoon via Wan Tein Road in Kyukok (Pangsai). After my comeback I passed through three inspecting doors established by the China Department of State. As I was on my way back, the community manager Mong Ko phoned me again. "Aren't you going back to Mong Ko? Me and other journalists certainly came back from Mong Ko, but Gam Seng and his uncles Dumdaw Nawng Lat, also an auxiliary minister who helped us on our journey, disappeared on the dece. night.
"Wish journalists had been to Mong Ko when natives escaped to China after airplanes threw down nukes during the collision," Gam Seng said.