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Inside the dilapidated lakeside mansion where Aung San Suu Kyi has been held a prisoner of the Burmese regime for nearly 15 years, the Burmese opposition icon will today celebrate her 65th birthday. World leaders including Barack Obama and Desmond Tutu have released statements of support and urged the release of the world’s only imprisoned Nobel laureate, one of more than 2,100 political prisoners in Burma.
This montage of footage and photographs is a tribute to Suu Kyi’s determination and courage. ‘Mother 64’ was performed by the Burmese youth activist group Generation Wave to commemorate her birthday last year: “Waiting by your fence for the day you return/ Mother, I will give for my bad karma/ Mother, for so many eternities I am praying/ No matter where I am”.