Dateline NBC's "Beyond Rangoon" introduced us to the 1991 Nobel
Peace Prize Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, and to the conditions people suffer in
Burma. To our disbelief, there exists a country where poverty reeks from every
corner and freedom is not a word in their vocabulary. Moreover, it is a place
that most people outside of that country have never known about. But then there
stands Aung San Suu Kyi, willing to sacrifice her life for her people, for their
freedom, and for what is right.
Her story itself is what inspired us to create this site. Looking behind all that media talk about Suu Kyi and her accomplishments, she seems like any common person. The fact that she is just an ordinary person sparks our admiration for her. She stands as an example that anyone can conquer anything, as long as he/she puts the mind into it.
Her courage and persistence to accomplish her dreams for other people, and not for herself, puts us in awe. We want to support her in achieving her dreams.
The descriptions of Burma and the treatment of the people by the government of
appall us. Their story not only inspires us, but urges us to show our support
by creating this site. Our site tells about Aung San Suu Kyi, who opened the eyes
of the world to her mission, but when we talk about Suu Kyi, we also talk for
the Burmese. We are helping Suu Kyi to inform and to urge more people to help
save the oppressed people of her country. What the junta is doing to the Burmese is something short of a mass genocide. These people - millions of innocents - are being denied their basic human rights of speech, freedom, and equality. They are denied the right to education, the right to proper and immediate healthcare, and the right to be with their loved ones. This isn't just a case of racial prejudice or religious and ethnic discrimination. This isn't apartheid or religious segregation. This isn't a conflict between two separate groups. This is the inhumane treatment and persecution of of an entire nation, oppressed by their own people in power. How can we just stand aside and watch these
people not be allowed to live as people? The Burmese have done nothing wrong. They are being enslaved and tortured by their own countrymen.
We feel strongly about this matter. We have created this site in the hopes to inform and educate others about Suu Kyi's cause, as well as show people the horrors that are occurring in Burma. The tragedy is that a vast majority of the people in the world do not know who Aung San Suu Kyi is, nor do they know about the torture the Burmese must endure everyday. By creating this site, we hope to show you, the reader, the tragic circumstances surrounding Burma, and our passionate support of Aung San Suu Kyi's cause. The Burmese are unable to cry out for help, because all their voices have been muffled or silenced forever by the junta. They are counting on us to help because from the inside, they can't. The world must be aware of what is happening inside that country.
But "Aung San Suu Kyi, like Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela,
believes that lasting democracy and true social justice will...come about...in
a Revolution of the Spirit" (Hiller).