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23 November 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 5:40am

Aung San Suu Kyi reunited with son after 10 years

Younger son of Burma's democracy leader granted a visa for first time in a decade.

By Samira Shackle

Burma’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been reuinted with her younger son, Kim Aris, for the first time in a decade.

The photograph above shows the two leaving Rangoon airport after he arrived from Thailand, where he has been waiting for a visa. Since he last saw his mother, in 2000, he has repeatedly been denied a visa. It has also been a decade since she saw her older son, Alexander, and she has grandchildren she has never met.

This appears to be a significant relaxation for the military junta, who released Suu Kyi from house arrest on 13 November, less than a week after elections were held. However, reports say that they are keeping a close eye on everything she does and says — a fact of which she is acutely aware.

It is thought that if Suu Kyi ever left Burma, she would never be allowed to return.

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