Kaladan River Expedition: Successfully Finished
Dear Sponsor and Supporter:
Thanks again to all for your incredible passion and professional work!!! It was a great project, only possible and successful because we did it together from the start to the end.
Sponsors, media, medics all were and are very happy to have been part of this venture – no bad feelings among them, which is also great.
It was a tough expedition, and we all worked hard, had our shares of difficult and dangerous moments. But always stayed very close together and enjoyed the thrill.
The sad part of the trip was that we where officially not allowed to enter Burma since the authorities denied the permit to travel in to the Rakhine state. The reason was the emergency regulation in the entire state there is a 10pm -5am curfew due to the problems between the Rohingya Muslims and the Rakhine Buddhists. June a Rakhine Buddhist women got raped and killed which left as many as 75 people killed and 5000 houses burnt and 75000 people displaced.
We celebrated the end of the expedition, about 15 km into Burma, with lots of emotions and so happy that we traveled this untouched river in a forgotten area on the Indo-Burmese Boarder.
Once again it goes to prove, that there are people living by the river forgotten by the rest of the world, live happily from what they get from Mother Nature.
I would like to say thanks to all the sponsors, supporters and the crew, which helped us with all they could.
A very special thanks to the big and lovely Zorba’s family. With the Misos people we always felt trusted, which you need in the world we live in. And in each expedition, there are many who help us, without being seen or heard. My heart felt gratitude to them.
A big thanks.
Andy Leemann and the entire crew.
Sponsors and Support for the Kolondine-Kaladan Expedition
Government of Mizoram, India
Chief Minister, Pu Lalthanhawla
Pu Lalramthanga, I.F.S, Principal Secy. to the Chief Minister
Pu Biakthanmawia, Joint Director, Dept. of Tourism
Department of Tourism, Govt. of Mizoram
Department of Sports, Govt. of Mizoram
Friends & Family
Sangpuii, Liani, Marami and all the wonderful Family at Serkawn
Lalthanpari Laloo & Family, Shillong
R. Thanga & Family, Luangmual, Aizawl
Mark Zomawia & Family, Zotlang, Aizawl
Zodini Chawngthu, Mission Veng, Aizawl
Malsawmkima Chhangte, Vaivakawn, Aizawl
Lalhmingliana Colney & Family, Tuikhuahtlang, Aizawl
R. Lalbela & Family, Tuipui D
Hruaia & Mama, Tuipui D
Lalngaizuala Colney & Family, Kanaan Veng, Aizawl
Rex Vanchhawng, Lunglei
All the wonderfull Family from Apal in Jonpur
Impuls Tourism Thailand, Anne and Armin Schoch
Yacht Center Palma SL. Brigitte Aebi, Andy Leemann
Adventure Films and photgraphy, Apal Singh
EC Quality since 1958 Shillong, Zorbas Family