25 Aug 19 - Source: Mizzima - Every year Myanmar faces serious problems with flooding and this year Mon State was particularly badly hit by flooding and landslides, incidents that killed many people.
It was with this in mind that the Myanmar Cartoonist Association organized and sponsored a cartoon exhibition under the title 'Upstream and Headwind' for flood relief fundraising in Yangon and Mandalay this week.
The cartoon exhibition in Yangon was held in front of Mahabandoola Square and the cartoonists sold T-shirts with their cartoons drawn on them as per the request made by the buyers.
Cartoonist Win Aung said they hold the cartoon exhibition every year for
"We have held these exhibitions for three consecutive years. The flood situation this year is so severe and worse than those in the past. We found many were killed this year. And then we decided to hold this cartoon exhibition immediately and organized it within just three days," he said.
Myanmar Cartoonists Association Vice-Chairman Cartoonist Win Aung said, "There are cartoons which educate about
In this fundraising cartoon
Most of the eminent cartoonists in Myanmar such as Phaung Phaung, Karlu (Pyi), Aung Than, Myay Zar, Aung Thu, Sann Linn,
Than Myint, a local resident of Thuwunna and who bought a T-shirt, said, "Mainly for flood relief donations. The cartoonists donated their art and
He displayed a T-shirt with a cartoon on it.
"We had joy and elation. We have grown up with these cartoon characters since our early childhood. In the
In Yangon exhibition, Cartoon Poe Zar donated 700,000 kyats from the sale of his painting, and
At the same time in Mandalay, the cartoon exhibition with the same title 'Upstream and Headwind' was held at the corner of 26th Street and 68th Street and it was joined by many cartoonists.
Cartoon Win Aung, Vice-Chairman of Myanmar Cartoonists Association, alleged government officials could do better to prepare people in how to respond to flooding. "If they had done this work responsibly there would not have been such huge losses in these flood disasters."
Apart from the flooding during the 2019 monsoon season in Mon State, there was a devasting landslide on August 9 near
After these cartoon exhibitions in Yangon and Mandalay, the organizers got together to decide how to allot the proceed to the flood victims in Tanintharyi Region and Mon State.