Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Aung San Suu Kyi

The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma is a struggle for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations. To bring Burma democracy, AUNG SAN SUU KYI has lost both family and her own freedom.

Aung San Suu Kyi was born on June 19, 1945 in the city of Rangoon. She is the daughter of General Aung San and Daw Khin Kyi.

Her father was the national leader of Burma until his assassination on July 17, 1947. His death is considered to be one of the main contributors to her fight for peace and independence for the country of Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi was educated in the city of Rangoon until she was 15 years old.

In 1960, her mother was appointed the Burmese ambassador to India and Nepal. She accompanied her mother to Delhi where she studied politics at Delhi University. From 1964 to 1967, she continued her education at St. Hugh's College and Oxford University where she received a bachelors degree in economics, politics, and philosophy.

During the next several years she worked abroad, including an assignment with the United Nations in New York.

In 1972, she met the British Tibetan scholar Dr. Michael Aris and the couple soon married. In 1973, Suu Kyi gave birth to her first child, Alexander in London. In 1977 she later gave birth to her second child, Kim, in Oxford. While in Burma she joined the pro-democracy movement, the National League for Democracy (NLD), which was pushing for political reforms in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi traveled extensively throughout the country, giving hundreds of speeches often to crowds of thousands, in an attempt to unite the people and reinstill their courage in achieving their long-sought goal of freedom.

She was loved and revered by the Burmese people in their's country's time of darkness. As Aung San Suu Kyi gained in popularity, military harassment of her campaign esclated.

In July, 1989, she was placed under house arrest. Aung San Suu Kyi would spend the next six years of her life at her lakeside villa in Rangoon to serve her house arrest. She wrote many speeches and books that were published.

During this time she received many awards dealing with her great aspiration toward peace. However, what is considered to be her greatest honor was the Nobel Peace Prize that she won on October 14, 1991. With her prize money of 1.3 million dollars she established a health and education trust for the Burmese people. In March 1999, her husband, Michael Aris, died of prostate cancer in London. Aris was a senior research fellow in Tibetan and Himalayan studies at Oxford University.

Aung San Suu Kyi keeps on fighting for democracy and freedom in her homeland of Burma. She has dedicated her life to the citizens of Burma so that they can experience the freedom that they deserve. She has secured her name in Burmese history and will forever fight for democrac

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