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.”