Zomi National Congress (Liberated Area) is deeply shocked and mourns
the sudden demise of our guiding star Pu Vumson Suantak who was the
national icon and patriotic hero of Zo/Chin people. This is an
inexpressible loss for our people as no one can afford to struggle for
human rights, democracy, self determination and re-unification of the
Zo/Chin people like him.
name and life longed struggle will remain inscribed in the heart of
the Zo People, and will recorded in the history of the Zo people.
the Zo people assured to his departed soul that we will continue his
struggle according to his past guidance, advices and encouragements.
send our deepest condolences to his family and relatives who are in
USA, Europe, India and Burma.
Pu Son rest in peace.
Zomi National Congress (Liberated Areas)
The 21st September, 2005.
Dr. Vumson Suantak Memorial Service,
506 South, Frederick Avenue (355 South)
Gaithersburg, MD 20877, USA
September 25, 2005
THE CHIN FORUM CONDOLENCE MESSAGE
FOR PU Dr. VUMSON SUANTAK
The CHIN FORUM and its Management Body extends its deepest condolences
to the bereaved families of Pu Dr. Vumson Suantak, who has untimely and
unexpectedly passed away on the 19th. September 2005 in Maryland, USA.
Dr. Vumson received his Ph.D. (Doctor of Natural Science) from German
Democratic Republic during his youthful days in 1969 and is survived by
two daughters and two grand children at the time of his sudden demise.
He was one of the founders of the Ottawa
based CHIN FORUM and was the Convener of Education Working Group (WG II)
and Co-convener of the Constitution Drafting Working Group (WG I).
Under his leadership, one of the FORUM's programs known as "English
Project ” was successfully launched. The FORUM's programme for drafting
constitution for the future Chinland attracted many interested
participants from all over Chin State encompassing people from each and
every tribe & region. Eventually after series of seminars, the Chinland
Constitution 4th Initial Draft was successfully published and widely
The Supporting Committee for the State
Constitutions (SCSCS) has also distributed the said Initial Draft to all
State Constitution Drafting Committees of other ethnic States to be
studied as a model for State Constitution Drafting Process of the future
Union of Burma.
He represented the CHIN FORUM in several
Burma-related seminars and conferences. His sudden departure is a great
loss for the CHIN FORUM as well as the people of Chinland. His
sacrifices and valuable contributions for the cause of democracy and
freedom for Chinland and Burma will be remembered by many generations to
In addition to English, German and Burmese
languages, he was fluent in three major dialects of the Chin language.
He was widely respected in Mizoram, Manipur and the Chin State as one of
the well known Chin politicians and intellectuals. The people in
Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Hrangkhawls of Tripura in India, and the
Chin State and Naga Hills in Burma, the Bawm and Lushai in Chittagong
Hills Tract in Bangladesh are to him people of much closed affinities.
We all know him as a humble and generous
man noteworthy of his admirable characters in that he was never
reluctant to lend his helping hands to whosoever that had sought his
assistance. His absence in our Chin community of different localities
will leave a significant vacuum for a long time to come. Pu Dr. Vumson
will be missed by all relatives, friends and all people who know him.
Read by Pu Lian Uk on behalf of
THE CHIN FORUM MANAGEMENT BODY
50 Bell Steet, Apt. #2
Dr. Vumson Mangpha khakna leh
Dr. Vumson, nasiam sinna gam Germany pan
in Zomi vontawi tengin a nunung pen zahtakna kongpia uh hi.
Na minam Zomite adingin nahoih tampi
nasepte Zomite in manggilh lo in Zomite’ tangthu ah kigen den ding hi.
Na leipumpi a bei hang na min bei lo in
Zomite’ khangtampi ah ki lolo lai ding hi.
Dr. Vumson hong nutsiatna hanga adah
akap, a lunggim mi khempeuh ih biak Topa khasiangtho in hong hehnem
ciat ta hen!
Zomi Innkuan-Germany aitangin,
Paul Htang, President
Albert Thang, General
CONDOLENCES ON THE UNTIMELY DEMISE OF THE
APOSTLE ZO RE- UNIFICATION
THE ZOMI WORLD MISSES THE APOSTLE OF ZOMI RE-UNIFICATION MOVEMENT AT THE
UNTIMELY DEMISE OF DR. VUMSON SUANTAK ! MAY GOD BLESS THE ZOMI WORLD
LEADERS TO CONTINUE THE UNFINISHED TASK OF LATE DR.VUMSON ! MAY GOD HELP
THE BEREAVED FAMILY MEMBERS OF LATE DR.VUMSON TO FACE THIS CHALLENGING
WORLD TO CARRIED THE TORCH OF ZOMI RE-UNIFICATION MOVEMENT IN THE WORLD !
THANG KHAN GIN NGAIHTE
(1) FOUNDER CONVENER, FIRST WORLD ZOMI RE-UNIFICATION CONVENTION, CHAMPHAI,
(2) FOUNDER SECRETARY GENERAL, ZO RE-UNIFICATION ORGANIZATION (ZORO),AND
(3) PRESIDENT, LOK JANSHAKTI PARTY, MANIPUR STATE UNIT.
LETTER OF CONDOLENCE
The Chin National
Front is shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely demise of Dr.
Vumson Suantak, a great lost to the Chin people.
Dr. Vumson was one of
the great Chin Intellectuals. He was dependable, admired and greatly
respected by the Chin people. All his selfless efforts for the Chin
people – social and politics – in national and international levels
will be mark with the highest estimation in Chin History.
In time of lose and
in the midst of pain and sorrow the Chin National Front mourn the dead
of Dr. Vumson and convey its deepest sympathy and condolence to his
daughters and relatives.
Central Executive Committee
Chin National Front
Dated: 21st September 2005
Chin National Front
The Chin National
Front, Regional Committees – Canada & USA is profoundly saddened by
the sudden and untimely demise of Dr. Vumson Suantak.
Dr. Vumson Suantak
was one of the Chin national treasures, and we all have admired for
his commitment to his values and beliefs, his sense of humors and
courage, his communication skills and his collegial persona.
The life and
achievements of Dr. Vumson Suantak will live forever in the history of
the Chin people. We, the Chin National Front, Regional Committees -
Canada and USA would like to extend our sincere condolences to his
remaining dear and loved ones.
Chin National Front
Canada and United
Date: September 22,
Condolence on the death of Dr. Vumsun Suantak
The Chin Refugee Committee is deeply
saddened by the sudden death of Dr. Vumsun Suantak. Dr. Vumsun Suantak
visited the Chin Refugee Centre in 2003 and gave valuable advice to
members of the Chin Refugee Committee and vastly advised on the need
of education among the Chin people both in Burma and outside of Burma.
Dr. Vumsun Suantak is a true academician and capable leader for the
Chin national development. His tireless effort for the Chin people
development will remain inscribed in the hearts of all the Chin people
for all the rest of days to come.
Even though we are physically departed
for now, our love and bond within the brotherhood of Chin will remain
The Chin Refugee Centre
Pu Dr. Vum
Son Suantak sihna tungah dahna pulakna
Pu Dr. Vum Son Suantak in
September 19,2005, nitak lam nai 2:00 PM hun in USA gam Washington D.C
khuapi ah a it mahmah laigui zom sanggam te leh Zomi te nusia in a
tawntung mun ding zuanin hong paisan ta ahih manin a innkuanpihte leh
tanau te tawh ki bangin Zomi Literature Institute (ZOLITE) in dahpihna
ka pulak uh hi.
Pu Dr. Vum Son Suantak in
Zomi leh Zogam khantohna dingin pilna siamna, neih leh lam, tha leh zung
siit hetlo in na sem den mi thupi leh a zahtak huai makai khat a hihi. A
ma nasepna hangin i Zomi leh Zogam in minam dang te tawh liangko kikimna
dingin leitung paizia leh kalsuan zia te ah lampi hong lak hi. I Zomi te
khantohna leh minam itna tawh kisain i khuamuhna kong hong honsak pa a
Pu Dr. Vum Son Suantak in
Zomi namte khantohna ding lampi tuamtuam tawh a hanciam na ah September
21,2004 kum a kiphut khia Zomi Literature Institute (ZOLITE) ah pawlpi
mi khat hi a, thalawp takin ma a hong pan mah bangin nasep zia ding tawh
kisai ngaihsutna ( idea) hoih tampi hong pia den hi.
Tua hi a, Pu Dr. Vum Son
Suantak in leitung si leh sa pumpi pan a hong nutsiat hangin Zomi leh
Zogam khantohna ding a, a sepsa na te, a malakna te, leh a ngaihsutna te
pen Zomi namte in mangngilh ngeilo ding hi. Tua mah bangin ko, Zomi
Literature Institute (ZOLITE) in zong a ma hong nutsiatna hangin a
laigui zom sanggam leh tanau te tawh kibangin ka dahna uh ka hong pulak
khia uh hi.
Vaihawm makai te,
Zomi Literature Institute (ZOLITE)
Condolence on the death of Pu Vumson Suantak
The sudden demise of our beloved Pu Vumson
Suantak, a Chin nationalist and a patriot, has saddened all of Chin Youth
Organization members in the United States.
He was one among the first Chin settlers in the
U.S.A. Like our faithful Chin ancestors he built houses by himself around
Washington D.C. To any Chin who came to the States, Pu Vum Son gave food,
shelters and made everybody feeling home in this new country. Because of
his hospitality to new comers to the U.S.A. almost all Chin people owe him
much more than we can ever repay.
Now he passed away from us. But his heart of love
to the Chin people will always remain in our heart. Very recently, he came
to Indianapolis to watch the games played during Second Chin Youth
Organization's Sport Festival held in Indianapolis, USA. His presence
during this festival with us will be a sweet memory for every Chin young
Even though he is not with us anymore, we will
miss him in every occasion and every event of Chin Youth activities in the
May God give him a peaceful rest.
Chin Youth Organization.
Condolence on the Death of Dr. Vumson Suantak
is saddened by the sudden of death of Dr, Vamson Suantak, our fellow human
rights advocate and activist, the outstanding leader of Chin nationals,
campaigner and strong advocate who fought for the rights of Chin people at
international and regional levels.
On behalf of Justice
for Human Rights in Burma (JHB), we would like to give our deepest
condolence to his family, relatives and our brothers and sisters of Chin
Dr.Vumson Suantak rest in peace.
Justice for Human Rights in Burma
Message from Chin National League for Solidarity
deeply saddened and filled with dismay when we heard the news that our
national hero, Dr. Vum Son Suantak had passed away at Laurel Hospital in
Maryland, United States on September 19, 2005. His sudden and untimely
demise has created not only a deep vacuum in the Chin Democratic movement,
it has also imparted irreparable loss to the global Chin communities as a
whole. Selected by the Burmese government to be the first scholar from
Chin State, Dr. Vum Son Suantak had excelled in his academic pursuits
locally and abroad earning the most prestigious and highest academic
status as a PhD holder in Natural Science. He was never afraid to
challenge the whites academically. Not only that his was a man of wisdom
and prudence and his wise decision-making capability had led him to where
he was until he drew his last breath. He shortly returned to his
motherland in order to be reunited with his family, relatives and people
as a whole after his long years in foreign land to attain the highest
academic position of doctor of philosophy. His dream to earn a living in
Burma as a geologist short-lived as the Burmese government failed to meet
what he deserved and what he was entitled to. He was later determined to
pursue Chin National cause, pro-democratic activities, advocate human
rights and minority rights from the United State, which is a home to him
until his premature departure.
We salute our hero, Dr. Vum Son Suantak for his
tireless reunification effort to bring together all factions of Zomi
(Chin) ethnic minority groups, who have been scattered all over Burma,
India, Bangladesh under a single national identity. In addition, he had
demonstrated outstanding courage and commitment as a Chin (Zo)
revolutionary, an extraordinary understanding and leadership skills in
building various parties or organizations and in drafting constitution for
the future Chinland. As a freedom fighter and peacemaker, Dr. Vum Son had
won the hearts the Chin (Zo) people around the globe.
For the last time, I on behalf of Chin National
League for Solidarity (CNLS), Malaysia would like to extend my deepest
condolence and profound sorrow over the passing away of the most respected
and fabulous leader Dr. Vum Son Suantak. His name for his immeasurable
contribution to the development of the Chin Community will always remain
alive in the hearts of the Chin people and be dearly remembered by all. We
pray for the repose of his departed soul and pay our last tribute to the
late Dr. Vumson Suantak.
Chin National League for
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Office of the Zillai General Headquarters
We deeply mourned the sad demise of Dr. Vumson Suantak, who has been
one of the greatest leading figures in the struggle for the unity of the
in South-Asia. As author of Zo History and Co-convener of the Zo
Re-unification Organization, he strove for unity and common brotherhood
amongst the Zo people.
Thought he may have passed from our midst, the light that he had lit
into the hearts of the people will continue to shine among those he had
May his soul rest in peace.
Zillai General Headquarters.
Condolence Message to Dr.Vum Son
Political Affairs Committee of Chinland is shocked to hear the sudden and
untimely death of our respected leader and adviser of the PACC, Dr. Vum
Son. Dr. Vum Son worked so hard for the unification of Zomi/Laimi/Kuki
(Chin), with whose advice and personal participation in the Chin Consensus
Building at Camp Victoria, despite all the hurdles and hardships, possibly
enable the formation of Political Affairs Committee of Chinland. All his
singular efforts for the unity of the nation will be remembered in
I, on behalf of the PACC, convey
condolence to the bereaved family and to the nation for this great loss.
May the God Lord comfort his dear and near ones and the whole nation.
AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF CHINLAND.
Eulogy for Dr. Vum Son
A famous British writer and
philosopher C.S. Lewis once said, “It is hard to have patience with people
who say “There is no death” or “Death doesn’t matter.” There is death. And
whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and
they are irrevocable and irreversible (A
1, 1961). The
most unexpected news has come to the Zomi today when we heard about the
demise of Dr. Vum Son.
The Bible says, “There is a time
for everything under heaven—a time to give birth and a time to die” (Eccl.
3:2). Pu Vum Son, unfortunately, the time has, indeed, come to you in such
a time as this when we want to say, “No, to your departure,” but none of
us has the power to do so. Your sudden departure from this world has
greatly shocked and grieved us the Zomi all over the world along with your
beloved family who dearly love you and miss you.
Words are few to express how
much we appreciate and honor you for what you had done for your people,
especially the Zomi. You are a dreamer, a visionary, a pioneer, a scholar,
a patriot and a lover of the Zomi. Even though your body will be gone and
buried, you will always be remembered in our heart and mind as one who
loved, cared, and guided the Zomi with all your heart and strength and
might. Though you will no longer be with us in this fleeting world, your
legacy will stand and continue to live with the Zomi until the end of the
Our dear Pu Vum Son, your
exhaustive work on the Zo History will forever stand as a
monumental reminder of your love and patriotism for the Zomi. We hope and
pray that your dreams, visions and hopes for the Zomi will eventually be
fulfilled someday in the future. We love you, we honor you and we will
miss you greatly.
On Behalf of the Appalachian Zomi Innkuan,
Zam Sian Khai
Thang Cin Pau
Tung Za Pau & On Sian Pau
Statement From Florida Zomi Innkuan(USA)
The Florida Zomi Innkuan (USA) is
extremely grieved and saddened on the untimely departure of Pu Dr. Vum
Son Suantak (68) along with the bereaved family and love ones. We send
out this condolence statement on this Thursday, September 22, 2005 to
the Memorial Service made in his name in order to give our last honor
and respect to him.
Pu Vum Son was the scholar who was an
advocate and promoter of the Zomi Nomenclature. He was a man of genius
who lived the most simple life and who always gave a hand
indiscriminately to whomsoever that came to him. He also envisioned the
best Zomi sufficiency with our own safeguard right on the land of Zogam.
Thus we love him and we admire him.
The legacy Pu Vum Son left behind will
remain noble as a symbol of our all struggle for freedom, peace and
right. The legacy he left behind will always remain as a guiding star
and a strengthening inspiration to the generations that follow him.
Pu Vum Son was survived by the Zomi
Innkuan community organizations in USA where he was much involved. We
have lost one of our founding fathers but when there comes a time that
achieved his visions he will be remembered as our patriotic patron and
now he was our hero and we salute him hereby.
Pu Dr. Vum Son Suantak (68) was born as a
Zomi, lived as a Zomi and died as a Zomi. God bless the people of Zomi
and Zogam which Pu Vumson loved so much.
Vung En Thang
Kam Sian Lian
Vice President/FZI General
STATEMENT OF CONDOLENCE
To all Zo people, and in many ways, Dr. Vumson Suantak made a good fight
for our Zo land. Through the memories we treasure and the more patriotic
influences we may not even recognize, we are a part of his legacy. We
can never be separated from him because we have memories to hold and
love that doesn't pass away. Yet the battle is not over but now his
vision is upon our shoulders. Be mourn, be courageous, but be marching
on till we reach our goal.
And, in time, we realize that Dr. Vumson Suantak lives on within our
Rev. Abraham Cin En Thang
United Zo Organization
Loving Memory of Pu Dr. Vumson Suantak
On behalf of
all the Chins residing in
Germany we, the Chin
would like to solemnly express our deepest condolences to all the
immediate family and relatives of Pu Dr. Vumson Suantak, who passed away
on the 19th. September in
USA. The news of his
untimely dismise triggered a shock wave in our hearts especially when we
remember all his endevours and sacrifices for our people while he was
living in the exiles and moreover when we realize and contemplate on the
fact that his life as a lonely political exile started here in
four decades before we came to this country.
Pu Dr. Vumson received Doctor of Natural Science from
Germany in 1965 and
later migrated with his family to the
USA. He was
the author of “Zo History”, which was widely read among the Chin/Zo people
history scholars from other parts of the world.
his life time he relentlessly promoted the unity of all Zo / Chin people
and at the same time initiated and founded various Chin and Burma-related
organizations to struggle for the restoration of democracy and freedom for
Burma and the Chin
people. He was highly respected and regarded by the Chin people as one of
the fathers of Chin / Zo Nation.
Pu Dr. Vumson was 68 and left his two daughters (Bianca and
Liana) and their families in
Germany by the time
of his death. Members of the Chin Community (Germany)
mourn together with his family for the lost of our beloved father.
Pu Dr. Vumson, may your soul rest in peace.
Chin Community (Germany)
23rd. September 2005
Statement on Funeral
Chin Community Statement on
the funeral of Pu Dr. Vumson Suantak
The Chin Community
USA (DC Area) Inc. was deeply grieved at the sudden death of Pu Dr.
Vumson Suantak, one of our patrons on the 19th of September
2005. The CCUSA were shocked as they were shock to learn his sudden
demise on the 21st September night that it was the wish of his two
daughters to held his funeral in cremation as it was not the Chin
tradition. Many other relatives and friends around the world thus
expressed their desire to bury him at a cemetery to mark a spot where his
remain is laid according to the tradition.
It was thus
discussed and decided at Pu Vumson funeral service held at his younger
brother Pu Ngocinthawng Suantak and his family's home on the 22nd night
of September to discuss the matter with his two daughters. The two
daughters who came from Germany on the 20th night of September were with
their European husbands at their father's home in Washington DC area .
Six elders of
the Chin and Mizo community including two grand parents whom one of the
daughters intimately has known met with the two daughters on September
23rd night at their father.s home. The elders were not successful to
persuade in a long discussion to make as a second thaught to bury his
remain at a cemetery and make the tomb at his grave so that relatives and
friends who are unable to present at his funeral could visit and pay their
loving tribute in the years to come.
The Chin Community
USA (DC area) have to accept. the wish of the immediate family in much
deplorable as there is no other alternative.
Chin Community Of
USA, INC. (DC Area)