Medic in Exile

CYNTHIA MAUNG

It's hard to feel good about a person described as an absconder, an insurgent and an opium-smuggling terrorist--unless the group doing the name calling is the military junta that runs Burma (Myanmar) and the person being defamed is Dr. Cynthia Maung. Since 1988, Maung has been building and running a thriving medical clinic on the treacherous Thailand-Burma border, providing badly needed health care for 70,000 people a year and facing down one of the most oppressive dictatorships in the world to do it.

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