Myanmar democracy leader visits AIDS shelter

Myanmar`s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has visited a shelter for HIV/AIDS patients, promising to try to get them medicine.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 00:34 AM IST

Yangon: Myanmar`s democracy
leader Aung San Suu Kyi, recently released from years of
detention, has visited a shelter for HIV/AIDS patients,
promising to try to get them medicine.

The shelter, caring for about 80 patients, was opened
by a member of her political party on the outskirts of the
main city Yangon. The visit took place today.

Suu Kyi was freed Saturday from more than seven years
of house arrest by the country`s military rulers.

The 65-year-old Nobel Peace laureate must balance the
expectations of the country`s pro-democracy movement with the
reality that her freedom could be withdrawn any time by the
hard-line regime.

Suu Kyi has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years.
Her party won a 1990 election but was barred from taking
power.

PTI