Zoya Phan

Zoya Phan is a 28-year-old ethnic Karen refugee from Burma. As a teenager she was forced to flee her country after her village was attacked by the Burmese Army. She now lives in London and works for the human rights organization Burma Campaign UK. See: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW4fd8pUb1M

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Zoya Phan was born in the remote jungles of Burma, to the Karen ethnic group. For decades the Karen have been under attack from Burma's military junta; Zoya's mother was a guerrilla soldier, her father a freedom activist. She lived in a bamboo hut on stilts by the Moei River; she hunted for edible fungi with her much-loved adopted brother, Say Say. Many Karen are Christian or Buddhist, but Zoya's parents were animist, venerating the spirits of forest, river and moon. Her early years were...

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. My father always said: “Freedom will not be given to us, we will have to work for it.”

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Naw Zipporah Sein, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and Dr Cynthia Maung

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 10/27

Q. Where did you go to high school and/or college?

A. High School - Noh Peo refugee camp, Bradford University and University of East Anglia

Q. What is your favorite television show?

A. Friends, West Wing, Little Britain

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