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"Don't feel down," Suu Kyi tells Burmese migrants

For thousands of Burmese migrants in Thailand, life is tough and precarious, but Aung San Suu Kyi had encouraging words for them yesterday.

May 31, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi vowed to help Burmese migrant workers, as she addressed cheering crowds in Thailand on her first trip outside Burma since 1988. Crowds of people, some gripping "We want to go home" posters, greeted the democracy leader in an area south of Bangkok where many migrants work. She arrived on Tuesday and will attend the World Economic Forum on Friday. For the past 20 years she has been either detained or afraid if she left Burma she would not be able to return. But recent reforms led to her election to parliament last month, and she is confident she will be allowed back into the country. She was given a passport in early May. "Don't feel down, or weak. History is always changing," she told the crowds in Mahachai, an area about 20 miles (30km) south of the Thai capital that has a large population of Burmese migrant workers. "Today, I will make you one promise: I will try my best for you." An estimated 130,000 Burmese refugees live in camps in Thailand, having fled persecution at home.... ....The main event of this historic trip will be on Friday, when Ms Suu Kyi speaks at a high-powered economic summit. By coming to Mahachai and speaking to Burmese migrants first, she has delivered a clear message as to where her priorities still lie. Full Story: Aung San Suu Kyi visits Burmese migrants in Thailand Source: BBC News
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