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Aung San Suu Kyi reunited with her son

Reuters

Just 10 days ago Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was freed by the junta from house arrest. Now she has been reunited with her younger son after about a decade of separation.

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Kim Aris who lives in Britain, took a flight from Bangkok to Yangon airport, where his 65-year-old mother was waiting to meet him. She was released on 13 November after more than seven consecutive years in detention.

"I'm very glad and I'm very happy," Suu Kyi said.

On greeting his smiling and excited mother, Aris immediately took off his outer shirt to show her the symbols of the National League for Democracy (NLD), her political party, tattooed on his arm.

With his mother's arm around him, he told reporters he would stay in the country for about two weeks. They then returned to the family's lakeside home in Yangon, where Suu Kyi had been confined by the ruling generals.

Under house arrest, Suu Kyi had no telephone or internet access and only limited contact with the outside world. It has been about 10 years since she last saw Aris or her elder son Alexander.

Suu Kyi's husband, a British academic, died in 1999, and in the final stages of his battle with cancer the junta refused him a visa to see his wife.

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