Daw Aung Sann Su Kyi’s unseen photos
17 June 2010: On Saturday 19 June the Burmese human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi will turn 65. She remains under house arrest in Rangoon, and to mark her birthday the Guardian has been given previously unpublished photographs taken from the private collection of her late husband, Michael Aris, showing the Burmese democracy movement leader as a young bride-to-be, mother and housewife. Proceeds from the pictures are being donated to Dr Cynthia’s Mae Tao Clinic (maetaoclinic.org), a charity that provides free healthcare for refugees, migrant workers and other people who cross the border from Burma to Thailand and Prospect Burma, which helps educate Burmese students, either in exile or within Burma.
Aung San Suu Kyi: BBC Interview (1/2) | November 15, 2010
In her first-ever TV interview after being released from seven years of house arrest, the leader of Burma’s democracy movement and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize for Peace, AUNG SAN SUU KYI, lays out her experiences as she endured years of being imprisoned in her own home.
In this BBC Exclusive interview, Suu Kyi shares with BBC reporter John Simpson her aspirations for her people as she takes up the mantle of democratic struggle once again – doing so at great personal cost; as her husband, British academic Michael Aris, was repeatedly denied a visa to Burma by the military regime and was dying of cancer in 1999, she had to heartbreakingly choose to stay in Burma instead, fearing that is she left the country, she would not be allowed back.
Just a few weeks after her release, she has finally seen her younger son, Kim Aris, for the first time in more than a decade; she has never met one of two grandchildren.
Enduring imprisonment – whether in jail or in her crumbling villa in Central Rangoon for fifteen of the past twenty years, surviving at least one assassination attempt, perseverance in the midst of ever-increasing intimidation by the military rulers and her great personal sacrifices – all this, Aung San Suu Kyi did in the name of democracy.
Aung San Suu Kyi: BBC Interview (2/2) | November 15, 2010