This week's speaker at Canberra Sunrise's breakfast meeting was past Rotary Peace Fellow Naing Ko Ko - a man that has been on a courageous journey, described as powerful and uplifting, but also sobering.
He spoke of his life journey, growing up in Burma (now Myanmar) and being involved in the fledgling democracy movement.  He was arrested in 1992 for his involvement in pro-democracy and human rights movements, and incarcerated for 7 years.  There were many difficulties and he survived a very tough environment, and continued his struggle for the people of Burma (Myanmar).  He was awarded the Amnesty International Human Rights Defender Award in 2010 in recognition of his tireless commitment and courage demonstrated in his struggle for human rights in Myanmar.  He was nominated for and won a Rotary Peace Fellowship in 2012. Rotary Peace Fellowships fund some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. These fellows are committed to the advancement of peace, and often go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank.
Naing Ko Ko is currently undertaking his PhD at ANU, focusing on ways to manage corruption.  A fascinating and inspiring journey.
If you know of anyone who might be an appropriate candidate for a Rotary Peace Fellowship, please contact the District 9710 Peace Fellows Chair, Garth Britton.