VOA reporter, Su Myat Mon interviewed Declan Stokle, a teenager, who is making headlines for his message on freedom. Stokle, 17, alongside the Pope, made a speech to a crowd of over 80,000 people in London’s Hyde Park about the people of Burma and the oppression there. Stokle is an avid campaigner for human rights in Burma. He has visited Burma since he was 10 years old.
Declan is campaigning for human rights in the country after he saw the refugees living outside of Burma. One image that he had spoken about is seeing the victims of landmines- children who had to walk to school on their knees because their families could not afford transportation. He had said that he has to show more than compassion – and to give a voice to the people of Burma.
Declan Stokle :
” 10 years ago, I visited Thailand and Burma. I reluctantly saw the eyes of an orphan from Burma, and for the first time in my life, I saw the poor and the suffering of a human being. I saw a child who deserves every thing that I have. I told him that I’ve witnessed the human rights abuses of Burma’s military dictatorship, and how I have the hopes one day- all the children of Burma will all live togther in freedom. Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and those of no religion will live together in freedom and in peace.”