Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday

Aung San Suu Kyi in NLD office 1995-07-26

Aung San Suu Kyi at her house in July 1995

I originally wanted to write something in Burmese about Aung San Suu Kyi, but I felt intimidated by the many excellent writers in the Burmese blogosphere. My Burmese spelling is subpar and I lack the vocabulary of people raised in Burma. So I will write it in English.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, born on June 19, 1945, turned 62 yesterday. She spent her birthday confined in her house at No. (54) University Avenue Road, as she has done for her last five birthdays. The Rangoon NLD headquarters celebrated her birthday by releasing doves and offering food to monks (hsun kyway).

She is arguably the most iconic Burmese person in the world today. Aung San Suu Kyi was even included in my high school curriculum. Articulate, beautiful and educated, Suu Kyi is popular among Burmese throughout the world. She is an ardent supporter of human rights and believes in a democratic Burma. Even though some would disagree with her views on certain issues, all would agree that Suu Kyi is truly a woman of steel. She has continued to persevere, overcoming a series of blows, including routine house arrests, the death of her husband, and most importantly, helping the NLD win an overwhelming majority in the Parliament but never seeing the changes that the NLD envisioned.

Democracy. Freedom. Liberty. This is what all Burmese want. But when will it come and at what price? Will it take compromising with the military junta and following its Road Map to Democracy? Will change come from within the ranks of the military? Unfortunately, these are all questions that cannot be answered.

We can see the ongoing detention of Daw Suu as the failure of the SPDC in cooperating with the international community, or we can go on blaming the world for failing to do more to release her. But, where ever the blame may go, the fact of the matter is that Suu Kyi is still under house arrest and may face her 63rd birthday inside the moldy walls of her family home.

2 thoughts on “Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday

  1. Harvey McKelvey says:

    Dear Sirs: Can someone help me to communicate with. The joint General Secretary of the exiled Burmese opposition? His name is Aik Lone = Lahu name. His English name is, Stanley Edwards… I would also enjoy contacts with the Christian Church in Burma or Thailand. I have very important information for them.. I may travel to Burma or Thailand later to deliver the message in person. Could you help me?? Sincerely Harvey.

  2. Harvey McKelvey says:

    I firmly believe, the message I have for Burma, will do more to bring about the Democratic change you all are looking for, than anything you have tried so far. This will also acquire the release of, Aung San Suu Kyi, from the horrible detention she has endured. Again as a Birthday present for her, help me to communicate to these Leaders. Thank you. Harvey.

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