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A beauty queen who survived the Myanmar military and now lives in PEI shares her story on a visit to Canada

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The Burmese model and beauty queen, who last year spoke out on an international stage in Thailand against the military junta in Myanmar, is living in Charlottetown and raising awareness about what’s happening in her home country. Sharing her story for

Thao Ninder Aung, 23, also known as Han Lee, has been in Prince Edward Island since September. This week, she was in London, Ont., to meet with members of the Burmese community, and will be in Toronto on Saturday, Vancouver on Nov. 26 and Edmonton on Dec. 3 as part of a tour of Canada.

Thao Ninder Aung said in an interview that since the military coup in Myanmar, the people are facing many difficulties every day. London morningBy Rebecca Zandbergen Thursday morning.

In September, it was reported that Thao Ninder Aung was on her way to Canada, where she said she had been granted asylum, because she feared arrest by the Burmese military government.

The CBC contacted the Canadian government on Thursday, but a spokesperson for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said they could not comment “due to privacy laws” without the consent of the person involved.

“Immigrants and newcomers are a driving force behind our society and economy, and our country has a long and proud tradition of helping the world’s most vulnerable people,” the spokesperson said in an email. “In 2021, Canada resettled more refugees than anywhere else in the world. In fact, more than a third of refugees resettled last year now call Canada home.”

Although currently living in PEI, Thaw Nandar Aung said London morning She hopes to relocate to the southwestern Ontario city.

look Thu Ninder Aung’s Spectacular Speech:

Thao Ninder Aung condemned her country’s military rulers from the stage of the Miss Grand International beauty pageant in Bangkok last year. He accused the military of selfishness and abuse of power for using lethal force to crush peaceful protests, and he appealed for international help for his country.

Myanmar’s military, which seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021, has cracked down on widespread opposition to her rule. Critics, including actors and other celebrities, have been arrested on charges that carry penalties ranging from three years in prison to death.

Citing media reports in late April, Thao Ninder Aung said that the military-controlled government had “burned down more than 500 houses. People are facing a lot of hardships, especially innocent people. For example, Basically, if they burn down the house, people have no home to live in, no food to eat, and some people die because of the fire and because of the airstrikes. Buroz is facing many difficulties.”

The speech shocked friends and family.

On her speech at the Bangkok pageant, she said, “Everyone was surprised because I didn’t tell anyone that I [was going to] Give that speech.

“The reaction from people, they support me a lot and many media from different countries, they reach out to me for interviews.”

Thao Ninder Aung spoke to London Morning’s Rebecca Zandbergen on Thursday morning. (Rebecca Zandbergen/CBC News)

After Thu Ninder Aung made his speech in April 2021, he continued to live in Thailand.

In September 2021, he was charged with treason for speaking out against the military occupation in forums and online. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

“I’m very impressed with Han’s stance,” said Tin Maung Htu, an independent investor in London, Ont., who moved to Canada from Myanmar 20 years ago and served three years in a Thai prison for speaking out against decades of military rule. were spent First

Tin Maung Htoo also heads the Burmese Canadian Action Network, which was formed after last year’s military coup.

“There are very few people like him in this kind of industry, speaking out against this kind of extreme military regime, knowing that there would be backlash and retaliation from the military, but he did it.”

Tin Maung Htu, who spent three years in prison in Thailand after speaking out against military rule in Myanmar, heads the Burmese Canadian Action Network. (Rebecca Zandbergen/CBC News)

Tin Maung Htu hopes that Thu Ninder Aung will be able to return to Myanmar one day. She is an only child whose father died when she was young and she misses her mother.

“I’m really worried about my mother’s condition there because I think she’s not safe,” she said.

“I really miss my mother and my family, but I never regret it because I did the right thing and I did it for my people, not just for me.”

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