Suu Kyi to Meet Burmese Youths
IrrawaddySome 500 youths from across Burma who are involved in social and humanitarian work saythey are eager to meet with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her party's secondyouth conference next week as she takes further steps to widen her party's network.
“Many youths from different states and divisions, including ethnic youngsters, have
contacted the National League for Democracy [NLD], and asked to meet with her, so we
planned this conference,” said Ohn Kyaing, an NLD official, speaking to The Irrawad
dy onThursday.The meeting will be held at the NLD headquarters in Rangoon. Due to space restrictions,some 250 youths will join the first day's session while the rest will attend the following day.Participants at the first youth conference at the NLD headquarters in Rangoon.(Photo: The
Irrawaddy) “The meeting will focus on social work,” said Ohn Kyaing. “Many youths from
different ethnic areas will participate, and at least 80 members from the National Youth
Network will join the meeting,” said Myo Y
an Naung Thein, the leader of a teamcoordinating the network's activities.A wide cross-section of socially engaged young people
from political parties, civil societyorganizations and groups representing ethnic minorities
have formed the National YouthNetwork. It has connected with the 66 Civil Society Organization and continues to grow witheach passing day, members said.
“I am able to join in the NLD meeting because of this network,” said Saw Nu Aung from Pa
an Township in Karen State. “If I have the
chance, I will ask Suu Kyi about her views on
national reconciliation, and equality for ethnic minorities.”
In late December, Suu Kyi held the first youth conference; most of the young attendeeswere from Rangoon, and were involved in social and humanitarian work. After the meeting,many of the participants have begun sharing information and contacting each other byemail and telephone, members say.During the meeting in December, Suu Kyi responded to more than 50 questions raised bythe youngsters.
“We all like and respect her,” said Myo Oo from Irrawaddy Division. “But she cannot do
everything for us. We must take responsibility for ourselves. If she discusses social work