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Dalai Lama Calls for End of Oppression in Tibet

Where: Dharamsala, India, and Beijing, ChinaMarch 13, 2009 : The Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan people, has said that Tibetan culture and identity are "nearing extinction". He accused the Chinese government of bringing "hell on Earth" to Tibet. He was addressing thousands of supporters in India on 10 March, 2009, the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan...

The Writer

December 9: Stanley "Tookie" Williams is an American writer of children's books. His books are cautionary tales, warning children to stay away from drugs, guns and gangs so common to certain sections of poor America.Williams has won wide acclaim and two literature prizes. But then Williams is no ordinary children's writer. He is a four-time murderer on death row...

Talking Through their Hats for Peace

September 9: A group of children are going to attend the International Conference on War-affected Children, at Winnipeg in Canada, from September 10 to 17. Coming from war-torn countries like Somalia, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Kosovo will all wear hats during the conference. The hats are meant to prevent them from being identified back home. They might be punished...

Woman who Terrifies Burma’s Military

September 23: Two days ago, commuters at the railway station in Myanmar or Burma's capital city Yangon (earlier spelt Rangoon), were confronted with a scary sight. A posse of policemen in riot gear, was swarming all over the station.No, it wasn't a dreaded terrorist attack that they were guarding against. They were preventing a frail 55 year-old woman from...

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi was born on June 19, 1945 as the daughter of national leader General Aung San (assassinated July 19, 1947) and Daw Khin Kyi. She was educated in Rangoon, Burma until she was 15 years old. In 1960 she accompanied her mother to Delhi, India on her appointment as Burmese ambassador to India and Nepal. Kyi...

Young Peacemakers of Colombia

July 29: Ivan Vargas is only 14. But he is a messenger of peace for his country, Colombia. He and 100,000 other Colombian children have got together to start the Movement of Children for Peace. All of them want only one thing today - peace in their war-torn country -- at any cost. But not having much faith in...

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rohihlahla Mandela
Nelson Rohihlahla Mandela, b. July 18, 1918, was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Trained as an attorney, he helped form the Youth League of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1944. In 1961 he abandoned peaceful protest and became head of the ANC's new military wing. Sentenced to life imprisonment...

Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa
Born to a family of peasant farmers on Sept 23, 1943 in Popowo in Poland, Lech Walesa started of as an electrician at shipyard in Gdansk. A devout Roman Catholic, he was shocked by the repression of workers’ protests and made inroads with small opposition groups. Despite being sacked from his job, he climbed over the perimeter wall of...

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