A memorial prayer service was held for Padoh Saw David Taw, the late leader of Karen National Union who was also a member of peace committee, after a hundred days of his death at Hsa Thoo Lei Learning Center in the Thai border town of Mae Sot, Tak Province on Saturday, January 19.
Naw Jin Jar, wife of David Taw told Karen News that according to Christian belief, memorial prayer service is held for the deceased after three months of the death.
“With much hope, we pray for him that he will rest in peace. He wanted to make peace. He wanted his people to live peacefully and live in unity. We also prayed that our leaders will wash away any misunderstandings among each other and continue working for our people.”
Padoh Kwe Htoo Win, the recently elected, general secretary of the KNU, spoke to Karen News.
“I knew him a long time, before we joined the revolution. He was a very enthusiastic man – either for peace or in politics. I remembered what he often said – that he wanted to bring the KNU organization back to his own place of birth.”
Among the attendees at the memorial service, were: KNU’s chairman General Mutu Say Poe, KNU general secretary, Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, Head of KNU’s Defense Department, Padoh Roger Khin, Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung, Padoh Ah Toe, Padoh Saw Lah Say. A number of individuals and members of Karen community-based-organizations, border based democratic forces and family members also attended the ceremony – a total of 300.
Nan Hsaing Naung, a representative from the Women League of Burma and member of the Shan Women Action Network told Karen News that it was sad to lose a good leader like Padoh David Taw at such a critical time.
Padoh Saw David Taw was born on March 10, 1948 in Insein, Rangoon, and passed away on October 14, 2012, at Mingalardon military hospital after suffering from a long illness.