As someone of a half Burmese ancestry, it was amazing to be able to see Aung Sang Suu Kyi finally deliver her Nobel Peace Prize lecture …. albeit 21 years late. I am deliberately drawing attention to that speech today, because today is her birthday. Happy Birthday Aung San Suu Kyi; you shown great stamina and courage in desperate circumstances while the world has, shamefully, looked on, seemingly unable to intervene.
Please read and respond appropriately to the message below from Burma Campaign UK. It is vital that we, the free world, do not start to believe Burma is fixed and democracy has come. It has not …. recently when interviewed and asked ‘how democratic is Burma on a scale of one to ten?’ Aung Sang Suu Kyi replied ‘on the way to one’. Progress may have started, last year Burma was not even on the way to one, but progress is painfully slow and atrocities still happen ….
Aung San Suu Kyi was finally able to deliver her Nobel Peace Prize lecture, 21 years after receiving the award.Significantly, she used the occasion to make an impassioned call on governments to increase funding for refugees from Burma who live in camps in Thailand. She recently visited one of the refugee camps, and was concerned to hear stories of the situation in the camps, where people have faced ration cuts of 25 percent and no longer get support for clothes and shelter.
Speaking in Oslo, she said: “Can we afford to indulge in compassion fatigue? Is the cost of meeting the needs of refugees greater than the cost that would be consequent on turning an indifferent, if not a blind, eye on their suffering? I appeal to donors the world over to fulfil the needs of these people who are in search, often it must seem to them a vain search, of refuge.’
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