Christians Concerned for Burma

AUNG SAN SUU KYI

" And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.". John 8:32

" For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.". 2 Timothy 1:7

Aung San Suu Kyi is the winner of a Nobel Peace Prize and leader of the democratically elected political party in Burma, the National League for Democracy (NLD). The military regime never recognized the results of the elections held eleven years ago that were overwhelmingly in support of the NLD.

Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest for six years, released in 1995. In the years following she has not been allowed outside of the city. She stays in Burma and is a symbol of hope for the people that Burma will one day see peace and freedom. In August 2000, Aung San Suu Kyi and some of her fellow party members attempted to drive out of Rangoon to visit party members in other cities and were stopped just outside Rangoon by police. They remained there for nine days, being blocked from continuing, but refusing to return to Rangoon. The government ended the standoff by forcing her group back to Rangoon. In September 2000 she attempted to leave Rangoon again, this time by train, on party business. The railway officials denied her request to buy a ticket, saying there were none available. The next day she and other party officials tried again. After waiting all day and into the night, they were forcibly removed from the train station by police.

Many reports said police removed Aung San Suu Kyi and others by physically restraining them and placing pieces of cloth soaked with chloroform over their mouths. After this incident the military officially placed Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest again. Most of her coworkers in the National League for Democracy are in jail. News sources in January 2001 reported talks between the military regime and Aung San Suu Kyi. Please pray for peace and freedom and an end to the unjust imprisonment of political party members and an end to the atrocities against anyone in opposition to the current powers in Burma.