Mizo Celebrity to Perform in Australia
Melbourne, Australia – 7 February, 2009: The last of the three well-known Chin singers invited to perform at the Chin Famine Live Aid Concerts has arrived in Australia, and the Chin community here is greeting her with excitement. Mimi Lalzamliani, a celebrated Chin singer from Mizoram State of India, where thousands of Chin refugees and famine victims live, arrived at Melbourne International Airport yesterday.
A famous singer from Mizoram, who already participated in the previous Chin Famine Live Aid Concerts in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand to benefit Chin famine victims, was excited to see local Chin community members who welcomed her at the airport.
“Out of many famous singers in Mizoram, I’m honoured to be invited here,” Mimi Lalzamliani said on her arrival. “As thousands of Chin people in Mizoram and Burma are facing a devastating famine, I’m happy to help, to give my time and to utilize my talent for them, and I am ready to do so in the future,” she added.
The Chin Famine Live Aid Concert will take place over the next three weeks in three Australian cities; Melbourne on February 14, Adelaide on February 21, and Perth on February 28.
“As the Chin community in Australia has put in considerable energy and effort to bring her to Australia, we are eager and looking forward to seeing her performances along with Mr. Cung Lian Thawng, who arrived last Monday from Burma,” says David Thang, a contact person for the organizing committee in Melbourne.
“It is unfortunate and disappointing that another invitee could not be with us” says Rev. Japheth Lian, referring to Bil Sung, another celebrated singer from Chin State who did not get her visitor visa to Australia.
According to Chin Human Right Organization (CHRO) and World Food Programme (WFP), estimated 100,000 people in 129 villages have been severely affected by the ongoing famine, which happens only once in fifty years because of rodent infestation. In twice a century, an indigenous variety of bamboo in Chin State flowers abundantly and attracts the rodents. The rats eat the fruit of the flowering bamboo, multiple quickly and destroy 75% of crops in Chin State, Burma.
The concerts in Australia will also feature speeches by Chin activists such as Victor Biak Lian of Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), Dr. Sui Khar and Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian of Chin National Front (CNF).
Lian Ding Hmung