Chin Radio Re-united Long-lost Family Members
05 July 2011: Ms Siang Em, who has been separated from her family for more than 10 years, has come together with the parents with the help of the Chin Radio programme in Burma.
Pu Vai Nawl and Pi Con Leng, from Sumhrang village of Falam Township, had a ‘tearful’ family reunion with their long-lost daughter in March this year after making a series of song requests made on the Chin Radio aired in Falam dialect.
Salai Tuan Ling Thang said in his email: “The Chin Radio played songs requested by Siang Em for her parents and by the parents for their daughter. With the kind help of Chin Radio since 2009, the family members have met and lived happily together in Kanan village in Tamu Township.”
Ms Siang Em was said to have stayed with a Burma Army officer since her childhood and lost contacts with her parents after moving from one place to another across the country.
Naypyidaw-based Myanma Radio extended the Chin language programme with Mindat Chin dialect in February last year, which is aired for 15 minutes twice a day.
The Chin Radio channel, which can be tuned into between 7am and 8am, and between 5:30pm and 6:30pm everyday, has got a variety of programmes such as latest news, entertainment in Chin dialects including Hakha and Tedim, culture, short stories, education and knowledge, cooking, health and development as well as gospel songs on Sunday.
In an interview conducted by the Chin World Media, Mai Pansy Ta Mawi, of the Chin Radio programme in Naypyidaw, said of its history dating back to 1958 and that it has been made available for listening to in the morning and evening since May 2009.
Van Biak Thang