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India: Activist Irom Sharmila Ends 16-Year Hunger Strike

HeadlineAug 11, 2016

In India, human rights activist Irom Sharmila has ended the world’s longest hunger strike. Sharmila began her strike 16 years ago, after 10 people were reportedly killed by a government paramilitary group in her home state of Manipur. She broke her strike Tuesday with a lick of honey. She says she will now run to be chief minister of Manipur. This is Sharmila speaking to the BBC after breaking her fast.

Irom Sharmila: “Since the beginning of my fast, there is no change in the mindset of the people. I think I need to change my strategy. And without power in my hands, who will hear my voice?”

Irom Sharmila is known as the “Iron Lady.”

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