No one knows why the soldiers stepped into the neat wooden houses around Aye Myat Thu. Each wooden house was painted with cheerful tones, and the spray of bougainvillea added more color.
Mr. Soo Oo took a coconut from a palm tree in his home and carefully chopped it down to prevent the sweet water from splashing out. It sounds like the sound of firecrackers echoing in the dim heat.
Aye Myat Thu grabbed her coconut flakes. The sudden sound led her outside her house. According to other residents in the neighborhood, after passing through the trees, a disguised presence lingered nearby. No one in the family saw him.
“She just fell,” he said. “She is dead.”
The funeral is the next day. Buddhist monks shouted, and mourners gathered around the coffin and raised the three-finger salute in the “Hunger Games”, which has become a symbol of defiance by the protesters. The jasmine wreath outlines the girl’s face, and the bullet still remains somewhere on her skull.
Her uncle U Thein Nyunt said: “I want to take revenge on the soldier’s skin.” “She is just an innocent child with a kind heart. She is our angel.”
Her family put some of Aye Myat Thu’s favorite items around her body: a set of crayons, some dolls and a purple rabbit, some Fair and Lovely cream, a Monopoly drawing board and her sketching two days ago Hello Kitty’s sketch was killed. On the paper, beside the cartoon cat, Aye Myat Thu wrote her name in careful English letters.
“I feel empty,” said Ms. Toe Toe Lwin, her mother.
After the funeral, Aye Myat Thu was cremated, and the flames burned her treasure. In other parts of the country, soldiers stole the bodies of their killers, perhaps to cover up evidence of their cruelty. In one case, they excavated the grave of a child.
The family does not want their little girl to do the same.