"It's hard not to become a monster when you're trying to defeat one. Aung San Suu Kyi is the moral leader of Myanmar, the country more correctly known as Burma. She has been, in effect, under house arrest since 1989.
"Suu Kyi is a real hero in an age of phony phone-in celebrity, which hands out that title freely to the most spoiled and underqualified. Her voice of reason makes the world look noisy, mad; it is a reminder of everything we take for granted and just what it can take to get it. Thinking of her, you can't help but use anachronistic language of duty and personal sacrifice.
"U2 wrote the song Walk On to honor this amazing woman who put family second to country, who for her convictions made an unbearable choice - not to see her sons grow and not to be with her husband as he lost his life to a long and painful cancer. Suu Kyi, with an idea too big for any jail and a spirit too strong for an army, changes our view - as only real heroes can - of what we believe to be possible."
- Bono, Time Magazine, April 2004
Visit her web site
- Home page
- Her biography
of the last few years
- A primer of events in Burma.
- A speech on accepting the 5th Annual Gandhi award
- Recommended books