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Suu Kyi, Son, Reunited after 10 Years Apart

  • Elizabeth Monnac

Suu Kyi, Son, Reunited after 10 Years Apart

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been reunited with her younger son for the first time in 10 years after an emotional scene at Rangoon airport.

The pro-democracy activist was waiting at the airport Tuesday morning when 33-year-old Kim Aris arrived on a flight from Thailand, where he had waited two weeks for a visa. The two posed arm-in-arm for photographers and Aung San Suu Kyi said she was "very happy."

Aris showed his mother a tattoo on his right arm with the symbols of his mother's National League for Democracy party.

The Nobel Peace laureate, who married and had her two children in Britain, has been largely cut off from her family since she returned to Burma in 1988. She has spent 15 of the last 21 years in prison or under house arrest.

Aris was repeatedly denied permission to visit Burma during his mother's latest house arrest, which ended 10 days ago.

Through her lawyer, Aung San Suu Kyi thanked authorities for granting the visa on this occasion.

Aung San Suu Kyi also has an older son, Alexander, who is reportedly living in the United States.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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