Aung San Suu Kyi: An Extraordinary Woman

aungOne day while searching the blogosphere I happened upon Alice Walker’s website and it was only a matter of minutes before I’d found her blog and began to canvas it. I found myself reading everything I came across until the letter, and that’s when I knew that someone extraordinary had caught my minds eye.

I stumbled across an open letter she’d written to a woman whose name I’d never heard of.  Aung San Suu Kyi. In the midst of reading this engrossing and heartfelt letter, I stopped abruptly because I had to know more about this Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the woman who had captivated not only Alice Walker and so many millions of people, but through Ms. Walker’s pointedly detailed summation of her travel abroad to Aung San Suu Kyi’s homeland, I was now a captive reader.

It is with profound sadness that I’ve been keeping myself afloat of the latest  news and information surrounding Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been in the news recently after an uninvited American visitor swam across the lake to her home for a second year in a row. He was turned away last year, but his pleas to be allowed a short stay were met with this time and Daw Suu Kyi allowed the ignorant American man a 2 day stay, which proved to be a devastating blow for her. She was on house arrest at the time and was days away from being released from the government imposed sentence, which mandated her house arrest for crimes she never committed. She was barred from allowing any visitors and this was no exception, and most obvious to all, this uninvited visit was not her fault. Now her fate hangs in balance. Please familiarize yourself with this extraordinary woman and the history of her peaceful protest, which is universally felt the world around.

Mr. John William Yettaw reportedly swam across Inya Lake in Rangoon, and spent two days in Ms. Suu Kyi’s lakeside compound earlier this month. Harboring the visitor gave the government the excuse it needed to charge her with violating the terms of her detention; her trial at a special court at Insein Prison begins on May 18. She could be sentenced to up to five years in prison for the offense. Two women who work for Ms. Suu Kyi were also charged.

Little is known about Mr. Yettaw. He is said to be a war veteran who lives on disability pay. He is alleged to have visited Ms. Suu Kyi last year as well, but was told to leave. This time, he reportedly swam across the lake and, complaining of diabetes and exhaustion, insisted on staying. He too has been arrested and charged with violating Myanmar’s immigration laws.

Ms. Suu Kyi’s house arrest was scheduled to expire May 27. Her supporters expected the order would be extended, even though Burma’s law limits house arrest to five consecutive years before the accused must be freed or face trial. Extension of the detention last year — for a sixth year — triggered an appeal by Ms. Suu Kyi, but the junta denied it.





One Response to “Aung San Suu Kyi: An Extraordinary Woman”
  1. AJtheDJ says:

    You know, I would see signs about these things in Manhattan…people holding up signs with similar or worse situations, and dismissed it as ever being that realistic. Thanks for sharing.

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