On a trip organized by the United States Campaign for Burma , Ani visited refugee camps in Burma earlier this July. Burma is the site of one of the bloodiest battles for democracy in history, where the military regime running the country, now known as the State Peace and Development Council, responded to democratic protesters with brutal force, gunning down up to 10,000 persons in cold blood. She played impromptu concerts both in the refugee camps and for a group of former political prisoners who had been severely tortured and forced to flee by the ruling regime. Ani was the first American musician to visit these camps and meet with pro democracy activists. To read the press release from USCB, click here. Stay tuned for pictures of the trip and information about a compilation CD, including a track by Ani, to be released to benefit the United States Campaign for Burma.