One nun's fearless compassion for HIV affected people
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Sister Martha Mya Thwe established two community-based projects in Myanmar to help people with the disease
Sister Martha Mya Thwe explains her life running a HIV/AIDS project in Myanmar at the Mirror of Charity Center in Kyeik-kha-me
township, Mon State in March 2014. (ucanews.com photo)
Like many people in Myanmar, Sister Martha Mya Thwe from Maygon village in central Myanmar used to be afraid of touching people living with HIV/AIDS or administering medicine to them.
That changed in 2001 when Sister Martha, a nun from the St. Joseph of the Apparition congregation, became aware of a dramatic rise in the number of people living with the virus in a small community in Mon State where she served. "I thought I must carry out HIV/AIDS ministry as a new call to service. I was inspired to overcome my fear," she says.
"People were whispering about a rising number of deaths but they were not aware that people were dying from AIDS," she says.
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