Today we put 2,000 flags into the ground on the quad at AU, representing the 100,000 protesters in Burma. With the red flags representing the monks leading the protests, the white flags on either side represent the people that we saw in photos linking arms surrounding the monks. Part of our display includes mini signs with information on the number of political prisoners in Burma, the widespread use of landmines, the use of rape as a weapon of war, the number of child soldiers in Burma, and many other facts.
All day long we saw people stop and stare at the numbers...for many people this is the first time they are really seeing information about Burma and realizing the severity of the situation. Our hope is that these flags will educate our campus community, and inspire more individuals to get involved in the Free Burma movement. The flags will be up until Wednesday evening. If you're in the DC area, we invite you to our campus to come see the display, as well as contact our group for more information.
Our meetings are every Wednesday night at 8:10pm in Kay Basement. For more information, contact AUBurma[at]gmail[dot]com.