He had been suffering from intestinal cancer for 3 years, according to his close friend Sai Wansai, General Secretary of the exile Shan Democratic Union. (A Shan physician working in Thailand told SHAN it could be carcinoma.)
U Ye Myint came to Rumania as a student in the early 60s. He later moved to Prague and then to Berlin, where he made his “home away from home”, since he could not get a visa even to visit his homeland.
He was a trained food processing technician, the profession which he practiced until his retirement.
He is a known activist on Burma, focusing on humanitarian help like education and health in Burma, while he was the secretary of Burma Project Berlin, that organized the Berlin Conference. He later founded Burma Action Group that helped organized Solidarity with the Saffron Revolution in 2007, also in Berlin. “It was well attended by exiles from Burma and German sympathizers,” said Wansai.
He is survived by his Japanese wife Kiko and daughter Mary.
Funeral and memorial service for U Ye Myint will be on 10 July 2011 in Berlin, 12:00-15:00:
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