VOA Burmese Blog

September 27, 2010

Declan Stokle’s Interview with VOA Burmese

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.”



  1. If he saw such poor Burmese children in Thailand, it is the responsibility of Thai Government on what the children suffer. In Myanmar, generally we are in peace except when the terrorist(so called democracy activist)instigate violence or bomb blast. I narrowly escaped from bomb blast in May 2005 by the opposition group at the trade fair in Rangoon. The so called democracy activist in exile do nothing but destroying the Burmese people (by encouraging economic sanction, stimulating people’s unrest , supporting armed opposition groups to create civil war and so on). We hate them. We also hate Junta. We want only truth. We don’t want misleading exaggerated news. We expect changes after November election. So don’t make trouble the forthcoming eclction.

    Comment by Plote Byone — September 30, 2010 @ 9:36 am | Reply

  2. The democracy activists are exactly what you say they are: Fighting for democracy in a country where the Government doesn’t allow democracy. All the people of Burma are suffering because of this regimes cruel acts. The November elections have already been decided. The Junta will win with an overwhelming majority. This is not democracy and the world knows that. The burmese junta will not fool us. The ethnic groups in the jungle will continue to be murdered raped and killed and that is the reason they flee to Thailand, for safety from their own Goverment! That is the problem. And it is the responsibility of the rest of the world and people in Burma to see what is happening and change the Goverment in Burma to a democratic one, which doen’t use guns to run their country!

    Comment by John Smith — October 20, 2010 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

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