Another reason I’m glad we live in a free country

In 1971 one of the greatest minds on Tibetan and Himalayan culture, Dr Michael Aris married Aung San Suu Kyi who was at that time working at the United Nations. For years they lived the lives of international jet setters. Between his academic work and her political work and pursuing further education they did not see each other as often as they would have liked. Then the unthinkable happened. Aung San Suu Kyi returned to Burma to take care of her ailing mother but ended up staying as her nation was being swept up in political revolution. She was part of the 8888 uprising and when, shortly afterward a military junta seized power on July 20, 1989 Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest. Michael Aris was able to see his wife only five times in the next decade. The last time was for Christmas in 1995. Shortly afterward he was diagnosed with cancer and it claimed his life in March 1999. Despite appeals from practically every political leader in the free world, the despots ruling Burma refused to allow the two to be reunited.

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About Karen Hopkins

Karen Hopkins (1949-) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Martinez, California. At seventeen she moved to Talcahuano, Chile. After completing her university degree she worked in London, England for Pan American Airlines and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. For twenty-six years Karen taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in a variety of settings including a private school in Panama, the "most remote school in the United States" in Ticaboo, Utah, the Navajo Reservation, and a teacher exchange in Hermosillo, Mexico. Karen and her husband traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, spending many summers in the highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala . Karen currently lives in Southern Arizona, near the Mexican border.
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