Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy leader who was put under house arrest for many years by the military government, has secretly recorded two lectures for the BBC. In them she speaks movingly about the price she and her fellow activists have paid for freedom, with many being jailed or even killed by the authorities.
"They pretend to be unafraid as they go about their duties and pretend not to see that their comrades are also pretending," she says. "This is courage that has to be renewed consciously from day to day and moment to moment. This is how the battle for freedom has to be fought until such time as we have the right to be free from the fear imposed by brutality and injustice." This insight into her struggle should certainly make us grateful for the freedoms we take for granted in our own country.
You can read more about her here at the Burma campaign's UK website and in this BBC profile. The lectures will be broadcast on 28 June and 5 July on Radio 4.