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Selkirk Student Helping Work Towards Peace in Burma

Peace Cafe Event Scheduled for Thursday

 

Htoo Paw grew up in an entirely different reality than her life today on Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus and she’s determined to ensure young women in Burma are not subjected to a similar plight.

With the assistance from the Nelson Refugee Committee, Htoo Paw arrived to the Kootenays in June, 2012 from Burma—also known as Myanmar—where she was living in a refugee camp. The move to Canada came after 10 years of living in challenging conditions on the border of Burma and Thailand where she fled as a teenager to escape violence in her small village in eastern Burma.

Htoo Paw Peace Cafe

Htoo Paw will be speaking about her life at a Mir Peace Café on October 30 called Transformative Justice: Toward a Sustainable Peace in Burma which begins at 7 p.m. at the Mir Centre for Peace on the Castlegar Campus.

“Growing up we just thought it was normal for the Burmese troops to come into the village, kill the people, torture people and force people to do work for them,” Htoo Paw says. “That was our whole world and we had no idea that anything was different in other places.”

Htoo Paw will be speaking about her life at a Mir Peace Café on October 30 called Transformative Justice: Toward a Sustainable Peace in Burma which begins at 7 p.m. at the Mir Centre for Peace on the Castlegar Campus.

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