German journalist and author has daily contact with his friends and colleagues in Myanmar. “Some tell me that they are afraid of being fetched. They are virtually sitting on their packed suitcases,” the writer said in a talk with DW. They are afraid of being arrested at night . After all, journalists and authors critical of the regime have already been taken from their homes. That’s a terrible feeling, says Sendker, thinking about his publisher and translator. His series of novels in German about Myanmar — a family saga that has sold millions of copies — was also translated into Burmese, the official language of Myanmar, and became a bestseller there. The 61-year-old has traveled to the country countless times, first in 1995 as a journalist, and later up to three times a year as a novelist. Like the local people, he was initially shocked by what was now the third military coup in the country’s history. He follows the mass protests daily, feeling both stunned and touched. “The resistance is so broad and imaginative,” Sendker reflects. ‘Not all bloodthirsty monsters’ Still, he remains very concerned, especially given that the military forces ramped up their use of deadly force and… Read full this story
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