Rallying her people

Biography: An Introduction

A massive crowd gathers in a once empty backyard.

A passer-by thinks What's going on?

Curious and a little frightened, the passer-by joins the zealous audience. Driven into excitement by the crowd's vivacity, he strains to peer over their heads on tip-toe and to hear over the clamor. There she stands - a petite woman, casually dressed, delivering a message of hope into the hearts of the people - a beacon of light in Burma.

Her name is Aung San Suu Kyi (pronounced Ong San Soo Chee). She was born to General Aung San and Khin Kyi on June 19, 1945 in Rangoon. Her father, General Aung San, is well-known for his huge involvement in obtaining Burma's independence and his plan for democracy in Burma. He was assassinated on July 19, 1947, along with six other councilor members during an executive council meeting. Suu Kyi was only two years old then.

In 1960, the family moved to Delhi in India, where Suu Kyi's mother worked as the Burmese ambassador to India. It was here where Suu Kyi was exposed to the philosophy and practices of Ghandhiism and Buddhism. Knowing her father's achievements and having learned the ways of peace and serenity from religion, Suu Kyi was already taking the few steps towards her destiny. When her mother fell ill, Suu Kyi returned to Burma to be by her bedside. As she walks down the streets of Burma, a fašade of smiles surround her. But when she gazes into their eyes - Oh, the poverty! The oppression, disease, and misery! Moved into tears by the horrible conditions of her people's lives, the people for whom her father had fought, Suu Kyi began to take action. And since, it became more than a desire to help them - it became a dream.

Aung San Suu Kyi's Biography:
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