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Let Me Open My Inbox

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It has been a week I cannot access my Gmail account and check the inbox in which various messages regarding work, study, interest and personal will be waiting not to be out looked. I am quite worried as well as eager to know if there is any important mail in my inbox. Oh! Why am I uncomfortable with that sort of situation which we are very accustomed to? We are very used to facing very slow internet connection and not accessing internet connection especially for important application such as Gmail in this country which we love.

The reason for my feeling is very obvious. Is there anyone who can accept calmly and neutrally experiencing such unpleasant situation which can harm personal matters as well as professionalism? And should there be any citizen whose right to access essential services such as online facilities in this IT era is denied by their government? For us, cutting and banning internet utility by our leaders is like a usual phenomenon.

It is not a case for knowing exactly why it happens so. We are not allowed to use internet facility conveniently, freely and fairly if the authority has a concern. When the time comes closer to a special occasion such as Independent day and Martyr day, they are used to ban the sites. If some special guests such as the representative and delegate from UN visit to our country, significant slow internet connection is one thing we have to experience exactly. For others, it might be very awkward but that is a very old true story for us.

What is the case in this time? Who is informed? There may be someone who knows the reason behind. For most of the people, however, everything is unclear. All are rumors. It can be because of the coming election which is the only and first one after twenty years in 1990. It may be on the grounds that their concern about bloggers’ posts and spreading information to international community about the real casualties and damages by the cyclone Geri.

I have witnessed friends being worried for their important school applications and procedures via online in the difficult time. I have confronted challenges regarding modern technology.

I wish we could live in this country fulfilling fundamental human right and achieving services which we should be provided by the state one day. I hope my inbox can keep in touch with its account owner everyday.

Nevertheless, I have lived in that country for a twenty-three-year of period and I grew, learned and educated in that country. No matter what the junta is, I love my fellow residents. I believe we all can struggle those burdens together and are capable of making a positive change which are able to create a better future for all of us and the reputation of our mother land.

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BarbaraLH's picture

From Your Mentor

Dear Shwe Wutt Hmon,

I am excited to be joining with you as your mentor for the Voices of the Future program.
After receiving the email from Rachel earlier today, I read your entries on the World Pulse website.
You sound very enthusiastic and energetic; I am impressed with the work you are doing and what you are writing. I hope that the Voices of the Future Program will help you to increase your skills and also help you to reach a larger audience with your writings.

I did send you an email but since you post about having difficulty getting your email/gmail I decided to post here as well.

It seems that you and I have many similar interests. I am a clinical social worker and have been a psychotherapist for over 25 years. Like you, I have worked with women who are victims/survivors of trauma and violence. Earlier in my career I facilitated many programs including training about health care and sexuality. My grown daughter was also a teacher for a domestic violence prevention program.
I think that we will have much to share over the next five months and I really look forward to getting to know you.

How would you like to stay in touch?
I am available via email and also via Skype. Of course, to schedule Skype/phone sessions, I'll need to know your if you have a Skype account and your availability. I just looked at a time zone chart and it seems like we are off by 10 and one-half hours; it is 6:45 am here and 5:15 there. If you can be available during late afternoon - early evening hours, I can arrange to talk in the morning. (My email is : BHpurple(at) aol (dot) com)

Warm Regards,
Barbara

Insha Allah's picture

thanks

Dear Barbara,

I am also very excited to be able to join this magnificent program and to meet the women like you. After reading your love letter, I remained impressed and very delighted. We have a lot in common. Although I did not study psychology academically and I am not a professional psychologist, I had a chance to join psychosocial support training programs and I could learn skills and knowledge to become a community counselor and trainer. I look forward to learn from you.

I have been working in social and community development sector for three years, I know I need to learn more for personal development.

Our internet connection is working properly again. I use Email everyday and log into WorldPulse everyday. Although I have skype account, I rarely use it. However, I wish we talked via Skype if you also wish.

Thanks again for all your encouragements.

With Love,
Shwe Wutt Hmon

Shwe

Shwe Wutt Hmon

Insha Allah's picture

thanks

Dear Barbara,

I am also very excited to be able to join this magnificent program and to meet the women like you. After reading your love letter, I remained impressed and very delighted. We have a lot in common. Although I did not study psychology academically and I am not a professional psychologist, I had a chance to join psychosocial support training programs and I could learn skills and knowledge to become a community counselor and trainer. I look forward to learn from you.

I have been working in social and community development sector for three years, I know I need to learn more for personal development.

Our internet connection is working properly again. I use Email everyday and log into WorldPulse everyday. Although I have skype account, I rarely use it. However, I wish we talked via Skype if you also wish.

Thanks again for all your encouragements.

With Love,
Shwe Wutt Hmon

Shwe

Shwe Wutt Hmon

Insha Allah's picture

Walking together a great journey!

Dear Barbara,

I am also very excited to be able to join this magnificent program and to meet the women like you. After reading your love letter, I remained impressed and very delighted. We have a lot in common. Although I did not study psychology academically and I am not a professional psychologist, I had a chance to join psychosocial support training programs and I could learn skills and knowledge to become a community counselor and trainer. I look forward to learn from you.

I have been working in social and community development sector for three years, I know I need to learn more for personal development.

Our internet connection is working properly again. I use Email everyday and log into WorldPulse everyday. Although I have skype account, I rarely use it. However, I wish we talked via Skype if you also wish.

Thanks again for all your encouragements.

With Love,
Shwe Wutt Hmon

Shwe Wutt Hmon

JaniceW's picture

In admiration

Shwe Wutt Hmon,
I applaud your courage to speak out in a country that Reporters Without Borders ranked 170th of 172 nations in their 2008 worldwide press freedom index. Living under one of the world's most draconian systems, I can only imagine the anxiety and concern that you feel as you check your email box.

You are in a challenging position but I hope that you will be able to continue to use your voice as an instrument for change and to share with us your vision for a more hopeful Myanmar. Sending you my support and best wishes,
Janice

p.s. When responding to a comment, it helps to hit the word "REPLY" at the bottom of a person's comment box as that way, they are notified by email when you post a reply.

Insha Allah's picture

Dear Janice, It is my

Dear Janice,

It is my pleasure to read your comment. You really make me encouraged. As you know about my country very well, I feel you are a friend of mine who is my neighbor.

Honestly, very recently, I got some messages via some of friends abroad who are quite worried for my blogging. I believe I can learn knowledge, skills and tools for my personal safety here, in VOF and become a more talented voice.

With Love,
Shwe Wutt Hmon

Shwe Wutt Hmon

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