Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi left Myanmar for the first time in 24 years yesterday when she took a surprise visit to Thailand. Local Instagrammers captured some stunning images of “Mother Suu” addressing a crowd of Burmese migrant workers in the gritty town of Mahachai earlier today. More than two million Burmese workers are estimated to live in Thailand.
In 1990, Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide election but was denied power by the military junta that had ruled the country since 1962. She was then put under house arrest, and was only released 20 years later in November 2010. She ran for office again in 2012, and she now serves in a Parliament that remains controlled by the military-backed ruling party.