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Imprisoned Burmese Democracy Leader Turns 61

She’s been under house arrest for 10 of the past 17 years. Her crime? The pursuit of freedom. For these reasons, she has been compared to Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Today is Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday. After a bout with illness, she remains cut off from the world. The below from the Globe and Mail.

Burma’s solitary existence

From Saturday’s Globe and Mail

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Monday is the 61st birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi. Unless she is back in hospital, where she was recently treated for a stomach ailment, she will presumably mark that birthday on her own, in the rundown villa on the shore of Inya Lake where she has spent more than 10 of the past 17 years under house arrest. We don’t know what she will do, what she is writing or what she is thinking. Her isolation is almost total.

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