On the 19th of June Alex and I attended a birthday dinner for Aung San Suu Kyi. The dinner was organised by Amnesty International to celebrate the efforts of Aung San Suu Kyi in advocating for democracy in Burma.
The event was held at Burmese House in Richmond, a restaurant that specialises in Burmese cuisine. We enjoyed a three course meal, including a birthday cake made specifically for the occasion.
I signed a birthday card which as being sent to Aung San Suu Kyi. Hopefully, by some chance, this card will make its way to her in Burma.
One of the highlights of the event was hearing Thiha Yarzar, a political prisoner, who had spent close to eighteen years in prison speak about his experiences.
Thiha’s story was very sad, but truly inspiring at the same time. I was lucky enough to have been seated at the same table as Thiha and his wife. Despite what he has gone through, Thiha seems to be embracing life, and making the most of the opportunities that come his way.
I enjoyed attending this innovative and inspirational event, and hope that Amnesty International runs it again next year. It was great to see so many people supporting Aung San Suu Kyi and her fight for democracy and human rights in Burma.