Free Aung San Suu Kyi!

Members of Ridley Middle School's People of Peace & Service (POPS) organization have been getting together after school for meetings about things we can do to alert the school and the rest of the world about Aung San Suu Kyi and the human rights crisis in Burma (Myanmar).

Aung San Suu Kyi is a true peacemaker. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 while under house arrest, where she still is today. She has been under house arrest for more than18 years on and off because she is calling for freedom and democracy in Burma. She believes that nonviolence is the only way to make a lasting change. 82% of the Burmese people voted for the NLD (National League for Democracy) in an election, but the military government won't let the people have what they want.

There are many serious problems in Burma. They have more child soldiers than any other country. People can be jailed or tortured for having a picture of Aung San Suu Kyi or for saying her name. Recently, large numbers of Buddhist monks marched peacefully and their procession looked like a sea of red. The military broke up the protest by using violence and many monks are now missing.

To get the word out about Aung San Suu Kyi we have been hanging up posters, making videos, writing articles, sending postcards to the United Nations, and signing petitions that call for the UN Security Council to work harder to free Aung San Suu Kyi. One day we wore red t shirts to show our support for the monks in Burma who are denied the right of free speech. We would like to tell more people about this problem in Burma. The more people who know about the horrible things that are happening in Burma, the better chance we have to free Aung San Suu Kyi and the help the Burmese people.

There are many ways you can help. Find out more about Aung San Suu Kyi. You can even sign up for a Google alert to find out what is happening daily and what the world is saying about it. You can help free Aung San Suu Kyi by logging on to

» READ MORE: www.campaignforburma.org

and add your signature to the 88 Thousand Signature petition. You can visit

to learn more Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi by viewing many great student projects about her. Tell others about the situation in Burma. If you were in such a devastating situation, wouldn't you want other people in the world to help you?

Tejire Arijaje and Jessica Porter are sixth graders at Ridley Middle School.