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Sister Martha Mya Thwe established two community-based projects in Myanmar to help people with the disease

One nun's fearless compassion for HIV affected people

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. ( photo)

John Zaw, Kyeik-kha-me

November 30, 2016

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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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