Min Ko Naing's health suffers in Keng Tung

Dec 11, 2008 (DVB), The health of 88 generation student leader Min Ko Naing has deteriorated since his transfer to Keng Tung prison, according to his older sister Kyi Kyi Nyunt.

Kyi Kyi Nyunt recently visited her brother in Keng Tung prison in eastern Shan State near Thailand, and said he was deprived of daylight and not allowed to take exercise.

"I was allowed to see him for 40 minutes on the first day and about 25 minutes the following day," Kyi Kyi Nyunt said.

"He is not allowed to walk around or go out in the sun, he is stuck in his cell," she said.

"He was keeping his back to the sun when I saw him , he said it was the first time he had seen sunlight since his arrival there."

Kyi Kyi Nyunt said the cold weather in Keng Tung was also taking its toll on her brother, who told her there was no doctor in the prison.

"At night, they open the door to check on him and he suffers greatly as the biting wind enters the room," she said.

"His eyes are aching again. His right hand is a bit numb as though he has had a mild stroke," she went on.

Min Ko Naing told his sister that monk U Eidrriya of Ngwekyaryan monastery, Thein Zaw from Monywa, Nyi Nyi Zaw from Rangoon and another activist were also being held in Keng Tung.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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