Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratic opposition leader in Myanmar, also known as Burma, visited Fort Wayne today as she continues her 17-day trip to the United States. She took the stage in Fort Wayne to address the large Burmese population there.
Suu Kyi spent most of her hour-long talk speaking to the crowd in her native Burmese, though she did address some questions in English.
During her remarks and the Q&A that followed, Suu Kyi thanked the Fort Wayne community for its continued support of Burmese refugees, stressing that community support of Burmese abroad will be a key to democratic reform in Myanmar.
“The greatest gift you have to give us is education. With education, our people will be able to forge ahead and meet the challenges that lie along the way,” she says.
Fort Wayne is home to about 4,000 Burmese immigrants and refugees, making it one of the largest such communities in the U.S.