Bono Walks On Together With Aung San Suu Kyi

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Aung San Suu Kyi delivering a speech following her release in 2010

It is a blessing that Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar will finally be feted with the honors due her as a tribute and testimony to her strong will and testament.  She suffered a lengthy internment  of house arrest for 15 years (19xx-20xx). She was previously awarded the Nobel Prize in 1991 and Amnesty International‘s Ambassador of Conscience award in 2009, but could not accept either in person because she was under house arrest for 15 years.

I first learned of the heroism of Aung San Suu Kyi when I became a devout listener of U2’s album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000).  The most powerful song on that recording was “Walk On”. I became further attuned to the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi through the efforts of Amnesty International and the global blogging community.

The full meaning and impact of “Walk On” took place for me in June, 2001 when I saw Bono and U2 perform “Walk On” live at the Hartford Civic Center. As Bono sang and U2 played under the video image of Aung San Suu Kyi her immediacy and grace became etched upon my heart.

Bono and Aung San Suu Kyi finally get to meet for the first time after many years of support from Bono, U2, Amnesty International and millions of world-wide fans. This is a significant historical, personal event that is taking place in Dublin, Ireland the day after Aung San Suu Ky receives her Nobel Peace Price.  The mere fact that Aung San Suu Kyi is travelling outside Myanmar and the compound she was held in says freedom to all who love and support injustice. She is expected to visit Dublin solely to be guest of honor at the concert, called Electric Burma.

“It’s so rare to see grace trump military might, and when it happens we should make the most joyful noise we can,” Bono said in a prepared statement. “Aung San Suu Kyi’s grace and courage have tilted a wobbly world further in the direction of democracy. We all feel we know her, but it will be such a thrill to meet her in person.”

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