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Families still waiting for news of detained relatives

Jul 8, 2008 (DVB), The families of Zarganar, Zaw Thet Htway and others involved in voluntary aid work for cyclone victims who were arrested by Burmese authorities say they are still waiting for information on their relatives.

Writer Daw Kyi Oo, the mother of comedian and activist Zarganar, said she is worried that her son has not been able to take his medication.

"He was already on three different medications before he was arrested and now he has been without the medicine for over a month," Daw Kyi Oo said.

"We have not been informed about his situation and no one has picked up his medicine either," she said.

"His father has been not well either, and he kept asking for his son."

Daw Kyi Oo said the family had expected Zarganar to be released soon after his arrest as had happened on previous occasion.

She said aid work carried out by Zarganar’s group has been on hold for the past two weeks as donations have not been coming in since the comedian’s arrest.

Zaw Thet Htway’s wife Ma Khin Cho said 25 days have now passed since her husband was arrested.

Ma Khin Cho said she plans to send an official letter to the authorities asking them to disclose information about his whereabouts if he is not released within 30 days.

The families of volunteers who were collecting the bodies of cyclone victims the body snatchers said they too, have no idea where their loved ones were.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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