Candlelight Vigil for the Kachin Victims of Burmese Military Attacks and Prayers to end the Humanitarian crisis

Kachin Association of Australia (KAA NSW) organized a “Candlelight Vigil for the Kachin Victims of Burmese Military Attacks and Prayers to end the Humanitarian crisis” on 22nd January Tuesday, 2013 at Hyde Park (north), Sydney, Australia from (7:30PM – 9:30PM). Approximately 250 people attended the event from the Kachin community, Karen community, Mon community, local organizations such as ABSDF, JACDB and Burma Campaign Australia (BCA) came to give their support.

The objectives for the event were:
1) To protest the Burmese army’s continued massive military offensive against Kachin
2) To show support for the 100,000 IDPs
3) To honor the Kachin who have lost their lives and continue to suffer because of Burmese military attacks
4) Prayers to end the humanitarian crisis

The important part of the event was to pay respect to the victims of war and honour the memory of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect innocent Kachin civilians’ lives and rights. The event also included paying respect to the Kachin flag and singing the Kachin National anthem.

Candle light vigil in Sydney

Candlelight vigil in Sydney, January 22, 2013

Female members of the Kachin community of Sydney also read stories from Kachin victims of suffering and human rights abuses. For each of the victims, they lit a candle to honour their memories.

Candle light vigil in Sydney

Candlelight vigil in Sydney, January 22, 2013

Candle light vigil in Sydney

Candlelight vigil in Sydney, January 22, 2013

Candle light vigil in Sydney

Candlelight vigil in Sydney, January 22, 2013

Candle light vigil in Sydney

Candlelight vigil in Sydney, January 22, 2013

Candle light vigil in Sydney

Candlelight vigil in Sydney, January 22, 2013



Senator Dr. John Kaye from the Australian Green party landed his support and gave a speech at the event. Zetty Brake of Burma Campaign Australia (BCA) also was a guest speaker.

Candle light vigil in Sydney

Candlelight vigil in Sydney, January 22, 2013

Candle light vigil in Sydney, January 22, 2013

Senator Dr. John Kaye speech at Candlelight vigil in Sydney, January 22, 2013

Video clips from international media sources were played to highlight the raging Burmese military offensive the Kachin suffered to date. Video clip from local humanitarian organizations inside Kachin state also showed the dire situation of the Kachin IDPs and the tireless work of local Kachin organizations.

The event was concluded with a moving song called “Wunpawng Hpyen La” or “Kachin soldier”. The lyrics of the song portray the life of a Kachin freedom fighter protecting their homeland, to break free from all the suffering caused by imperialism, to ease the pain of the young children and tears of elderly, to fight back against those who dominate us through deceitful ways.