DASSK Video Speeches
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"To receive an honorary degree from the University of Johannesburg is to be admitted into a community of hope and courage. Your institution is well known for the strong support you have given human rights activists all over the world. The activists struggling for democracy in Burma have also benefited from your help and support.

South Africa has taught us so much. We have learned about struggle, we have learned about the importance of reconciliation from you, and we hope to continue learning. Our struggle has been long, but not as long yet as the struggle has been in South Africa, and I hope very much that our struggle will not be that long. I hope that we will reach our goal before it is too long.

The peoples of Burma want peace. They want freedom, they want security, they want national reconciliation. All these you have taught us we can achieve through courage and endeavor. We look up to your great men: Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu. Desmond Tutu has not only been inspiration for us, he has given us so much help and support over the years, and I'm confident that he will continue to help and support us in the years to come.

When we reach our goal, we will remember that we have been helped along the way by good friends like you. I look forward to the day when I can visit you in Johannesburg, walk around your campus, get to know your students, get the feel of South Africa, to imbibe this spirit and air of South Africa, that I may bring back to my country renewed hopes for the future because I know that even after we achieve democracy, we shall have to struggle to achieve the kind of society that we want. We know that you are continuing in your struggle.

South Africa has taught the world that struggle is not something to be feared. It's something to be met as a challenge that will bring out the best in each and every one of us. So, with an honorary degree from your university, I shall go forward in our struggle, strong and confident that we shall overcome.

Thank you for admitting me into you brave, wonderful community. Thank you."