Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the world’s most famous political prisoners, was born in 1945 in Rangoon, Burma. Her father was the military general and political leader Aung San, who is regarded as the founder of modern Burma. General Aung San was assassinated in 1947. Aung San Suu Kyi’s mother was a diplomat who was named ambassador to India 1961.
Suu Kyi had spent most of her adult life outside of Burma, only making short trips to her homeland to visit her mother. The turning point in her