Aung San Suu Kyi

Impact: An Introduction

"I think the case of Burma has become widely known because people outside Burma have cared enough." - Aung San Suu Kyi

The ambassador of the Union of Myanmar to the United States, His Excellency U Tin Winn, stated in an August 13, 2000 interview with Dateline NBC that Aung San Suu Kyi is "just a housewife...she's nothing more than that."

A housewife?! On the contrary, Suu Kyi is a little more than "just a housewife." In the eyes of the Burmese military junta, she is a threat to the superficial peace they have instilled upon the lives of their frightened countrymen. However, to her supporters, compatriots, and the rest of the world, this "housewife" is a leader: she is the hope of a nation, an undying symbol of freedom from fear for millions of oppressed Burmese citizens.

Suu Kyi's voice is the driving force behind a massive movement promoting the struggle for democracy in a nation where the current government denies its citizens the right to self-determination and happiness. Her unwavering resolve has inspired countless numbers of individuals and organizations worldwide to join in her homeland's quest for democracy. The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the name of Burma's present regime, has tried a number of times to silence Suu Kyi's firm voice of free will, but they are unsuccessful. Her voice has become synonymous with the voice of Burma's struggle for independence. Her voice has become the voice of millions.

Suu Kyi's impact on the world is apparent in the number of awards she has received for her promotion of democracy in Burma.

Aung San Suu Kyi's Impact:
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