Aung San Suu Kyi. – Walk on… for Freedom

What does it take for someone to stand up and keep walking in the face of so many obstacles and setbacks? What does it take for someone to allow her own freedom to be restricted for as long as her people are

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Aung San Suu Kyi was born in 1945, the daughter of the leader of the Burmese Liberation Army who was assassinated when she was two years old. She was educated in Burma, India and United Kingdom. While studying at Oxford University she met her husband, Dr Michael Aris and they married in 1972 having two sons, Alexander and Kim.

In 1988, she returned to Burma to nurse her mother and got caught up in the pro-democracy movement gaining momentum. That year a military crackdown killed 5000 people. Also in 1988 the National League for Democracy (NLD) was established with Aung San Suu Kyi as the General Secretary. In 1990 the military government was forced into holding general election. Aung San Suu Kyi and many others were detained and banned from standing in the elections and yet, in spite of the unfairness of the process, the NLD still won 82% of the seats.

Aung San Suu Kyi was kept under house arrest for 15 of the next 21 years and when not under house arrest she had restrictions on her freedom to travel. The Government urged her to leave the country but she knew that if she left she would not be allowed to return and so she stayed while her husband and sons were not allowed to enter. Dr Michael Aris died in 1999 after not being able to see his wife for the previous four years.

As U2 sang in Walk On, a song dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi…

You could have flown away

Like a singing bird in an open cage

Who will only fly, only fly for freedom

Aung San Suu Kyi has never given up her walk for freedom. This year, 2012, the NLD won seats in the national parliament. It’s only a beginning but it is a beginning and people were dancing in the streets of Rangoon to celebrate.

She has written several books (Letters from Burma, Freedom from Fear, The Voice of Hope) and numerous articles.

In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As she was under detention her son accepted the prize on her behalf.

I know that if she were free today my mother would, in thanking you, also ask you to pray that the oppressors and the oppressed should throw down their weapons and join together to build a nation founded on humanity in the spirit of peace.”

Alexander Aris – Acceptance speech on behalf of his mother for the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. (read the complete speech here)

Read more on Aung San Suu Kyi and the Campaign for human rights in Burma here

Walk On – U2

And love is not the easy thing
The only baggage you can bring…
And love is not the easy thing…
The only baggage you can bring
Is all that you can’t leave behind

And if the darkness is to keep us apart
And if the daylight feels like it’s a long way off
And if your glass heart should crack
And for a second you turn back
Oh no, be strong

Walk on, walk on
What you got, they can’t steal it
No they can’t even feel it
Walk on, walk on
Stay safe tonight…

You’re packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been
A place that has to be believed

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to be seen
You could have flown away
A singing bird in an open cage
Who will only fly, only fly for freedom

Walk on, walk on
What you got they can’t deny it
Can’t sell it or buy it
Walk on, walk on
Stay safe tonight

And I know it aches
And your heart it breaks
And you can only take so much
Walk on, walk on

Home…hard to know what it is if you never had one
Home…I can’t say where it is but I know I’m going home
That’s where the heart is

I know it aches
How your heart it breaks
And you can only take so much
Walk on, walk on

Leave it behind
You’ve got to leave it behind
All that you fashion
All that you make
All that you build
All that you break
All that you measure
All that you steal
All this you can leave behind
All that you reason
All that you sense
All that you speak
All you dress up
All that you scheme…

Comments

first i want to say with my heart that i proud on aung san suu kyi ” if a person who wants to do any thing for other”s with their total dedication and enthusiastic heart , god and nature help that person. in this world ,thinks which are possible or impossible depend on us that how do we make it.

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