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Aung San Suu Kyi
Usually, when people think about conflict, they imagine
guns being fired and bombs being dropped. However, the
conflict between Aung San Suu Kyi and the government
of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) was very
different. Although it was peaceful, it didn’t involve any
less of a sacrifice.
Aung San Suu Kyi was born on June 19th 1945 to Aung
San, commander of the Burmese Independence Army,
and Ma Khin Kyi, a diplomat and later ambassador to
India. Her father was assassinated in July 1947, when Suu
Kyi was only two years old. In 1960, she went to India
with her mother who had been appointed as Myanmar’s
ambassador. She later moved to England and attended
Oxford University, where she obtained a bachelor’s
degree in philosophy, politics and economics. By 1972
she had married Michael Aris and had two children- Kim
and Alexander. The family remained in England.
By 1988, the Burmese people were tired and frustrated.
They had been ruled by the cruel military dictatorship
of U Ne Win, oppressed by endless fear and violence,
and the people were not prepared to put up with it
any more. On August 8th 1988 the Burmese people
had a nationwide democratic uprising. People marched
through the streets of Rangoon, where Suu Kyi was
raised, chanting and singing for a democracy. The
military opened fire and many people were killed, but
that did not deter the uprising. Throughout August, the
demonstrations continued.
Meanwhile, Suu Kyi’s mother had become critically ill
so she naturally travelled back to Burma to care for her.
When she saw the struggle that the Burmese people were
enduring, she said “that she could not as her father’s
daughter remain indifferent to all that was going on”
Leading to her doing something about it, and her life
taking an unexpected turn…
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By Tess
Kilburn
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