Profile of Aung San Suu Kyi
In 1988, she returned to Myanmar to take care of her
Hello, I'm Zach Toombs, and today on About.com, we're profiling Myanmar pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi.Aung San Suu Kyi was born on June 19, 1945, in Myanmar, in Southeast Asia. Her father, Aung San, was considered a hero of Myanmar's independence from Great Britain. But, when she was just two years old, he was assassinated. Aung San Suu Kyi graduated from Oxford University in 1969. She married, had two children, and worked and studied in England and India. In 1988, she returned to Myanmar to take care of her ailing mother.It was a time of great unrest in Myanmar, which was under the rule of brutal dictator U Ne Win. After Aung San Suu Kyi began speaking out against the government, she was placed under house arrest in 1989. But it would not be the last time.Aung San Suu Kyi would spend the next 15 of 21 years in custody. She was unable to visit her dying husband in England, and she was thousands of miles from her children. After numerous appeals against her detention, she was finally released in November 2010.After she was freed, Aung San Suu Kyi began campaigning to promote democracy in Myanmar, and for an end to its human rights abuses.n In 2012, she was finally able to travel to Oslo, Norway, to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize she had been awarded in 1991 – a time she had been in detention. Aung San Suu Kyi also had to wait to receive her Congressional Gold Medal. She was awarded it in 2008, and finally received it in 2012. And, in April 2012, a woman who had been a political prisoner was elected to Myanmar's Parliament.Thanks for watching our profile of Myanmar pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi. For more information, go to About.com.