Dr. Cynthia Maung stands for a portrait at the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand on Sept. 16, 2014. Dr. Cynthia Maung was born in Rangoon in 1956. An ethnic Karen, she finished medical school in the city and began working in her homeland’s mountainous east, before fleeing over the border to Thailand after the junta launched a crackdown on democracy activists in 1988. Seeing the need for medical care among the displaced community, she established the Mae Tao Clinic at Mae Sot on the Thai-Burmese border. Today the Mae Tao clinic has 700 staff and treats over 150,000 impoverished migrant workers, refugees and orphans each year. Photo by Adam Ferguson for Time
Among her own Dr. Cynthia is herself a refugee who fled a brutal crackdown in Burma a quarter-century ago. Photograph by Adam Ferguson for TIME

The Good Doctor

Oct 09, 2014
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