Exiled Burmese democracy activists in the United States are staging what they call a "long march for freedom" to call attention to the plight of people in Burma.
A group of marchers left the Grafton Peace Pagoda, north of Albany, New York, on Sept. 1. They plan to end their walk at United Nations headquarters in New York City, about 260 kilometers away.
At the United Nations, the marchers will be joined by other Burmese activists staging a hunger strike.
Organizers say they want to focus the international community's attention on the situation in Burma and build support for the National League for Democracy and its detained leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.