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Aung San Suu Kyi

 Top of my heroes  list is a woman, Burma’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi who has not been allowed to fulfill the post to which she was elected almost 20 years ago by the brutal army generals who seized power to negate a landslide election in her favor. To many people she’s a Mandela for the 21st century, a heroine whose bravery was acknowledged with the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 when her acceptance speech in Oslo was delivered by her son Alexander Aris. He reminded his audience that “the lonely struggle taking place in a heavily guarded compound in Rangoon is part of the much larger struggle, worldwide, for the emancipation of the human spirit from political tyranny and psychological subjection”.

Although his mother, he said, was often described as a political dissident who strove by peaceful means for democratic change, it should be noted that her quest was basically spiritual. And he quoted her: "To live the full life one must have the courage to bear the responsibility of the needs of others … one must want to bear this responsibility”. Her strength, she explained stemmed from Buddhism, the foundation of traditional Burmese culture. "The quest for democracy in Burma”, she declared, “is the struggle of a people to live whole, meaningful lives as free and equal members of the world community. It is part of the unceasing human endeavor to prove that the spirit of man transcends the flaws of his nature."
As recent events have shown she is even subject to idiotic, harmful behavior by her alleged supporters.

Millions of people around the world hope that this beautiful and noble lady, now 64, will eventually see not only her own freedom but that of her suffering people. Meanwhile, would-be supporters can help the struggle via the website uscampaignforburma.org