(DES MOINES, IOWA)
JUNE 11, 2009
Zaw Myo Lwin
Des Moines - Dr. Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Rangoon on June 19th, 1945 to Burma’s independence hero and national leader General Aung San (Assassinated in July 19th 1947) and Daw Khin Kyi. She was educated in Burma, India and the United Kingdom. While studying at Oxford University, she met Michael Aris, a British citizen who she married in 1972. They had two sons, Alexander and Kim.
Aung San Suu Kyi life was simply start with losing a politician father and living outside the country after her mother has appointed as an ambassador to India and Nepal in early 1960s. She graduated Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, politics, and economics. In addition, joins UN secretariat as Assistant Secretary for Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions.
She had returned to Burma to nurse her dying mother and immediately plunged into the country’s nation wide democracy uprising in 1988. 26 years long, Burma Socialist Programme Party stopped by that, but military reestablished and formed the military regime by killing thousands. She had insisted with calling a democracy government and formed National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
Her mother Daw Khin Kyi, died at the age of seventy-six on December 27th 1988. Aung San Suu Kyi vows as her father and mother had served the people of Burma, so she would even unto death.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been in and out of arrest ever since. She was under house arrest from 1989 to 1995 and from 2000 to 2002. The regime’s militia attacked her in May 30th 2003, up to one hundred people were dead and she was under house arrest again.
After 6 years under house arrest, she was been taking to notorious Insein prison in Rangoon by accusation of breaching the terms which refer to an intruded American citizen. John William Yettaw, who swam across near by lake to her house and stayed for two days in early 2009 May.
She has won numerous international awards, including the Nobel Peace prize (1991), the Sakharov Prize (1991) from the European Parliament, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom (2000) and Congressional Gold Medal (2008). She has called on people around the world to join the struggle for freedom in Burma, saying, “Please use your liberty to promote ours.”
Temporarily founded the Iowa United Tribes of Burma in Des Moines had planned to hold becoming anniversary birthday of 64 years old, Aung San Suu Kyi to fulfill her wishes as promptly promoting and raise her voice echoes in above. Same as many more millions people around the world worriedly watch on her facing unforeseen injustice trial result, the Burmese people have gather and try to make a powerful wishes for her happily freedom before the birthday June 19th. The ceremony will be start evening 5pm to 7pm at Polk County Hall, River Place 2309 Euclid Ave, Des Moines on Sunday, June 14th.
As to hope is to believe, to believe is to pray would never be fail. The Burmese people live in Des Moines, have put their voices for a silence nation; Burma to get free with its beloved Aung San Suu Kyi by peace, justice and rights from their united hearts in that day.
And renown totally, the City of Des Moines, would have been recognize a woman’s lonely struggles to free from all fear and her truly effort for being deliver a genuine democracy in which deserted land by unbelievable courage.
(The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear. -Daw Aung San Suu Kyi)