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Aung San Suu Kyi

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 27 January 2013

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is Aung San Suu Kyi. The programme was recorded on location in Naypyitaw, Burma in December 2012.

Now Leader of Burma's opposition party, she has dedicated her life to fighting for human rights and democracy in her homeland. A figure of world renown, she is known in Burma as simply "The Lady" and her integrity, determination and grace have provided a beacon of hope to a nation oppressed and exploited by decades of brutal military dictatorship. President Obama says she is an "icon of democracy" and Desmond Tutu calls her "a remarkable woman ... ready to work for the healing of her motherland".

Her renown has come at significant personal sacrifice: she endured nearly 20 years of house arrest and persecution, exiled from her children and apart from her British husband who died from cancer in 1999. She says "It takes courage to feel the truth, to feel one's conscience because once you do, you must engage your fundamental purpose for being alive. You can't just expect to sit idly by and have freedom handed to you."

Producer: Cathy Drysdale

Both the on-demand and the download audio of this programme are an extended edition of the original broadcast.

Music Played

8 items
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    Mya Gyi Asia’s Hero General Aung San

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Overture to the Magic Flute

    Performer: The Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields conducted by Neville Mariner

    Mozart: Overtures, EMI

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Here Comes the Sun

    The Beatles 1967-1970, APPLE

  • Image for Bilat Pyan Than

    Bilat Pyan Than Myat Pan Khew or Graceful Flower

  • Image for Johann Pachelbel

    Johann Pachelbel Canon in D Major

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

    Albinoni: Adajgio. Pachelbel:Kanon…, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Tom Jones

    Tom Jones Green Green Grass of Home

    Tom Jones: the Greatest Hits, TELSTAR

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    Antonin Dvorak Symphony No.9 in E minor 'From the New World'

    Performer: Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Christoph Von Dohnanyi

    Dvorak: Symphony No.9 New World, DECCA

  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon Imagine

    Imagine, EMI

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Aung San Suu Kyi

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