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Journey to Wa State

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.

Team

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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

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Col Chit Myaing and U Hla Taw

Horse back

John (Sawbwa’s son) and Nyan Taw enjoying the horse ride.

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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.

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Wa girls dancing

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Wa State now

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Conclusion

The most exciting experience I will never forget.

Thanks to Lei Lei Myaing (Amy) for filling in the names and information.

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