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Ethnic Karen medical doctor receives humanitarian award

Cynthia Maung established a clinic on the Thai-Myanmar border in 1989 that now treats 75,000 people per year

November 18, 2016

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Cynthia Maung, a medical doctor who founded and runs a medical clinic on the Thai-Myanmar border that treats refugees and poor migrants has been further recognized for her humanitarian work.

For Maung's work at the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand, she was awarded the AidEx Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award in Brussels on Nov. 16.

Maung was born to a Baptist Karen family near the Myanmar city of Moulmein in 1959. Following a military crackdown on democracy activists in 1988 she fled and made her way to the Thai-Myanmar border.

A year later she established the medical clinic for refugees which now treats more than 75,000 people per year.

"As long as there is a need for us to be here and there are refugees and migrant workers that need protection, medical care and support, we will continue to be here and do what we do," Maung told Reuters just before receiving the award.

For her work, Maung has received many awards including the Sydney Peace Prize in 2013 and the Catalonia International Prize along with Aung San Suu Kyi in 2008.

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