“In June 1988, six military intelligence agents knocked on my door in Rangoon in the middle of the night. They had come to arrest me for speaking out against the regime during the student uprising that came to be known as the ‘8888 Uprising’ ...”
- Tim Aye Hardy
Thursday, July 1st 2010 ☮ Irvine, CA
Tim Aye Hardy was born and raised in Rangoon, Burma, and grew up under multiple repressive regimes in the country. Part of a family that championed struggles for peace, freedom and human rights in Burma, he also witnessed friends and family members disappear, face imprisonment, flee the country, and be killed, for demanding the basic human rights that every person should possess. Tim has worked with the Uganda North American Association, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Amnesty International, and the UNESCO Chair’s Global Intergenerational Human Rights Leadership Forum.
I was one of the lucky few. Up to 6,000 innocent protesters were gunned down, and many more were imprisoned or mysteriously disappeared in the night. I lost many colleagues and close friends.