Ludu Daw Amar dies aged 93

Apr 7, 2008 (DVB), Ludu Daw Amar, one of Burma's most celebrated writers and journalists, passed away in the cardiac ward of Mandalay general hospital this morning at the age of 93, her son Ko Nyein Chan said.

Born in 1915, Ludu Daw Amar was well known for her political activism, beginning with her involvement in the student movement against the British government.

She was co-publisher of the Ludu [People's] daily newspaper, along with her husband Ludu U Hla, from its establishment in 1946 until its suspension in 1959.

The newspaper resumed publication but was permanently shut down in 1967 by Ne Win's government, who also imprisoned Ludu U Hla.

Ludu Daw Amar was also known for her biographies of revolutionary leaders and famous artists, and published her first book while studying at Rangoon university.

She is survived by two sons, Ko Nyein Chan and Ko Pho Than Chaung, and two daughters, Dr Than Yin Mar and Daw Tin Win.

Nyein Chan is a well-known writer under the pen name Nyi Pu Lay, while Pho Than Chaung is a spokesperson for the communist party.

Ludu Daw Amar's husband Ludu U Hla died in 1982 and her son Soe Win, a member of the communist armed movement, was killed in a clash in 1967.

Reporting by DVB

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