All Burma Monks' Alliance

Location:

101 Edgar Ave.BuffaloNew York14207United States View Map

Phone:

(716) 259-0783
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Description:

We are a religious and social service provider organization staffed by and composed of Burmese Buddhist monks from the 2007 Saffron Revolution. We are currently supporting and providing assistance to refugee monks inside and outside of Burma. The A.B.M.A was formed by a group of senior monks as a response to the severe economic and social problems existing in Burma in 2007. The A.B.M.A. leaders are recognized as the primary organizers and coordinators of the activities of the so-called Saffron Revolution in September, 2007. In a very dramatic way, the world was reminded again of the Burmese people's long struggle for democracy. The peaceful marches, demonstrations and rallies led by the saffron-robed monks were ultimately met by violent reactions of the Burmese military regime. Since that time the news media paid less attention to the ongoing problems in Burma. However, as a result of their activities in September 2007, thousands of monks and individual citizens suffered from the reaction and repression of the military regime. Some monks were arrested and tortured, and remain in prison. Some went into hiding inside Burma, and others left Burma as refugees. The A.B.M.A established an assistance network for these internal and external refugees, both monks and civilian democracy activists. Over the past 5 years we assisted more than 200 imprisoned monks - and most of them are now free. We hope that through the support of sympathetic organizations and individuals we will be able to continue and to expand on the important work we are doing. Regarding the recent incidents of sectarian violence in Burma, the ABMA does not condone or support religious discrimination or violence against any group of people. The sacred rules of Theravada Buddhism prohibit monks from supporting violence. We are recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization, eligible for tax-deductible contributions. Click on the "News" tab to learn more about our activities and about the issues of Buddhist monks in Burma.

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