The Voice of Hope

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Rider, 2008 - Burma - 332 pages
Aung San Suu Kyi has suffered constant harassment and abuse from the Burmese authorities, long separation from her family and six years of house arrest. In these 12 interviews, she talks about her passion for justice and the sacrifices she has had to make. One of the very few people she has trusted enough to take her message to the wider world is Alan Clements.The Voice of Hope is the result of the secret and dangerous meetings they had over several years, and offers unquestionably the most wide-ranging collection of her views on the political situation inside Burma, her non-violent approach to democracy and human rights, her Buddhist beliefs, her family, and how she keeps a sense of meaning and purpose under the most appalling conditions. Brand new material includes an inspiring discussion with U-Gambira, the leader of the All-Burma Monks Alliance, conducted after the 2007 uprising (he has since 'disappeared'). There is also an updated Chronology of Events of recent Burmese history, a new introduction and a new list of Burma-related websites.

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Contents

We are still prisoners in our own country
25
Running away is not going
43
Truth is a powerful weapon
57
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Born in 1945 and educated at Oxford University, Aung San Suu Kyi married Dr Michael Aris and brought up their children in Oxford. In 1988 she returned to Burma to care for her dying mother but was caught in a national revolt against political repression. She became the leader of the reform movement. After many years of house arrest, she has become a member of the Burmese Parliament and continues to work towards the freedom and modernization of her country.

Alan Clements is a journalist, writer and human rights activist. He lived in Burma for many years in the 70s and 80s, nearly 5 years as a monk. He is the co-founder and director of the Burma Project USA/Canada, as well as a political satirist, performing his theatrical monologue to audiences around the world.

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