Monday, 16 April 2007

Aung San Suu Kyi

Today’s Guardian contained an extract from a book about one of the most remarkable women alive - Aung San Suu Kyi. Forget that the book is written by Gordon Brown; forget the timing of its publication. Read the extract and remember only Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader in Burma has been under various forms of house arrest by the military junta for almost 18 years. Despite her arrest, her party won the 1990 election taking 82% of the seats but the military regime did not recognise the result. She knew that she could leave Burma to see her family but she knew too that she would never be allowed to return and, therefore, she could do no more for Burma. She had to stay.

Brown writes:

To see her family again, she would have to abandon her country in its darkest hour. Yet Suu Kyi knew it was a false choice: the decision was not whether to choose family over country, but whether to abandon the very ideals upon which her love for both her family and country were grounded.


Her courage has shown itself not in the fearlessness of impetuous confrontation, but in a strength of character rooted in passionately held beliefs - beliefs that have sustained her through years of oppression and deprivation and cruel separation from her loved ones.


But Suu Kyi represents the power not of the powerful but of the powerless: a woman, a prisoner of conscience up against a state with one of the worst human-rights violation records in the world; a country of only 20 million people with 1,000 political prisoners, 500,000 political refugees, children as young as four in prison, and poets and journalists tortured just for speaking out.

Aung San Suu Kyi is a remarkable lady.

Few can aspire to her heights but all can be inspired by her.

Please read the extract and be inspired!


  1. You actually do have no visitors - I met Aung San Suu Kyi once - does that allow me to comment. You have some amusing posts before - but no comments. I shall link you and you can expect one visitor a day -special branch are monitoring my blog!!!

  2. Hi Mut

    Thanks for the link.

    Of course you can comment.

    Of course you can visit.

    1 a day!!! I've made it!!!

    Watch out Dale!!!