Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese peace activist.

Essay by BraveheartHigh School, 10th gradeA-, May 2003

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Daw Aun San Suu Kyi (nicknamed Dassk) was and is one of the most enigmatic and giving people of all time. She has devoted her entire life to bringing democracy to Burma through peaceful protests and, unfortunately, being jailed under house arrest for a seemingly unlimited number of years.

Born in Rangoon, Burma, on June 19, 1949, she was raised in a well to do family. Her father, General Aung San, was a military leader. Her mother Daw Khin Kyi, was appointed as Burma's ambassador to India in 1960, further increasing the family's wealth and political influence. With a good lifestyle, Dassk was eager to be accepted into a good college. During her stay at St. Hugh's College and Oxford University in Britain, she earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree in philosophy, politics, and economics, readying her for her future battles against the government (which she had no premonition of at the time of her college career).

In 1972 she married Dr. Michael Aris, a British scholar she met in college. They quickly fell in love and were promptly married. They had 2 children, Alexander and Kim, who both would help her later in life during her imprisonment.

Dassk's mother quickly fell ill in March of 1988, and Dassk flew back to Burma to aid her mother. When she arrived, she heard news of student protests against the government, which at the time was very military in it actions: suppressing the people through force. General Ne Win, due to political pressure, resigned from his position as leader of Burma through his presidency in the Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSSP). This triggers a strong pro-democratic government movement among the public, but the BSSP had other plans that would soon be put into effect. The military quickly retook power...