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article imageAung San Suu Kyi reunited with son after 10 years

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By Leo Reyes
Nov 23, 2010 in Politics
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Myanmar's pro democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally had a glimpse of her son she has not seen for 10 years due to her continued detention.
Kim Aris, 33 who resides in Britain is Suu Kyi's second son. Kim last saw his mother in December 2000. The country's military rulers have continuously denied him a visa to enter Myanmar, but finally granted him one. The reunion took place at Rangoon airport 10 days after Suu Kyi was released from house arrest.
Suu Kyi's elder son Alexander who accepted Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of her mother in 1991 is reportedly living in the US.
Suu Kyi's husband Michael Aris died of prostate cancer after having been denied a visa for three years to see his wife leading up to his death.
"They haven't done very well after the breakup of the family, especially after their father died, because Michael was a very good father," she said. "Once he was no longer there, things were not as easy as they might have been."
But she added that she always had their support: "My sons are very good to me," she said. "They've been very kind and understanding all along."
Philstar.com reports:
Suu Kyi, who won the 1991 Nobel Peace prize for her nonviolent struggle for democracy, was first arrested in 1989 when Kim was 11 and elder son Alexander 16. She has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years.
Myanmar has just conducted its first national election in 20 years last November 7. Suu Kyi's democratic party did not participate in the elections saying the new election laws were tilted in favor of the military-ruled party.
Suu Kyi is the head of the National League for democracy(NLD), a political party that swept her to power in 1990 elections, winning over the administration's party by landslide, but the military refused to hand over power and instead put her in jail and clamped down on opponents of the regime.
Suu Kyi has just been freed by Myanmar's military rulers.
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