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12 November 2015 | by Joanna Moorhead

Even when we are not with our children, we are still a huge influence in their lives

 
Amidst the celebrations as the National League for Democracy swept to power this week, ending half a century of military rule, it was almost impossible not to think of Aung San Suu Kyi, the party’s founder and leader, and the enormous personal sacrifice she made to be the figurehead for democratic change in Burma.For almost 20 years she opted to remain under house arrest in Rangoon, thousands of miles from her husband and children in the UK, knowing if that she left Burma (Myanmar) she would be unlikely to return. Even when her husband Michael Aris was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Aung San Suu Kyi refused to return to Britain: when he died in 1999, he hadn’t seen his wife for four years.Her sons Alexander and Kim were also separated from their mother for long periods: at on




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