In Kyein Chaung Gyi village, which is a three-hour boat journey south of the town of Bogale on the Bogale River, Red Cross volunteers were making a difference from the moment Cyclone Nargis struck.
Though there were many fatalities in the village, the efforts of 20-year-old volunteer Chit Oo, who saved the lives of Myint Myint Khine and her three children, is often talked about.
Chit Oo has been a Red Cross volunteer for three years. On the night of 2 May, he was out with his friend, Niang Linn Htun, looking for people who needed help during the storm when he saw a woman unconscious in a water-filled paddy field. Her three children were clinging to her.
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After pulling them to safety, and performing first aid on Myint Myint, Chit Oo carried the entire family to safety. He said: “Seeing them together was truly profound and inspiring.”
Myint Myint said: “Whenever I see Chit Oo, I always say ‘thank you’. He saved me and my three children, and now the Red Cross is supporting us with vital things for our new home.
“I now want to see my children growing up into dedicated Red Cross volunteers as well. If they do, I will be a very proud mother.”
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