This is a moment for which I have been waiting

スーチー国民民主連盟議長/米·議会名誉黄金勲章受章
ミャンマー, 2012年, アウンサンスーチー

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s opposition leader, was in the news this week as she collected a Congressional Gold Medal.

The United States Congress awarded her the honour four years ago, when she was still under house arrest.

At the end of the presentation ceremony, Aung San Suu Kyi gave a heartfelt speech (which begins below at 0:52).

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This is one of the most moving days of my life, to be here in a house undivided, a house joined together to welcome a stranger from a distant land.

Yet I do not feel myself to be a stranger, for I see many familiar faces, and faces that are new to me, but known through what they have done for my country and for our cause.

This is a moment for which I have been waiting for many years.

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Notes

1) Aung San Suu Kyi’s mother tongue is Burmese.

2) Should the country be called Burma or Myanmar? “On the Burma/Myanmar question, both newspapers and countries are divided,” notes the online magazine Slate.

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