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The General Strike in Burma in 1988, known as the 8-8-88 uprising, was initially generated by a group of students; monks, teachers, doctors, farmers and government workers soon followed. Ohmar was one of those students.

The military struck back and 3000 people were killed; Ohmar, along with many others, fled the country. She became a refugee in Thailand but eventually made her way to the USA where she became an activist in exile.

She chairs the Network for Democracy and Development in Burma and is a founding member of the Women’s League of Burma; an umbrella organization for Burmese women living in exile.