By Dr. Nyan Taw (Dicky)
Many years ago, senior Officials made the journey to mark border between Wa State, Burma and China.
I was fortunate to go along with my parents on the wonderful trip (which also included a brief stay in Lashio).
Wa area at the time was not yet developed as such had to travel on horseback and used human powered raft to cross Salween river.
The team was lead by Hsenwi Sawbwa Sao Hom Hpa (who was stationed in Lashio), Colonel Chit Myaing (Brigade Commander of the Burma Army) and U Hla Taw (UMP -Union Military Police).
- Sawbwa brought along his spouse Nang Mo Kham and son John
- Col Chit Myaing brought his assistant U Than Hlaing.
- U Hla Taw was accompanied by his spouse Daw Marie and sons Herman Taw and Nyan Taw (Dicky).
- The group had a medical doctor.
Standing (L to R) : Col Chit Myaing, U Hla Taw, Doctor, Sawbwa Sao Hom Hpa, Daw Marie Hla Taw, Nang Mo Kham and possibly U Van Kulh (because the face is not visible in the photo).
Front : U Than Hlaing, Nyan Taw
John (Sawbwa’s son) and Nyan Taw enjoying the horse ride.
On simple raft crossing Salween river
Two families – Shan Sawbwa and ours. My brother (Herman Taw) in check shirt standing holding a US M1 carbine
[Lei Lei Myaing wrote] : Seated was aunty Nang Mo Kham, who passed away at age 100 in Lashio just two months ago.
Wa girls dancing
Wa State now
The most exciting experience I will never forget.
Thanks to Lei Lei Myaing (Amy) for filling in the names and information.