Refugee Doctor ‘Making a Difference’ for Thousands in Burma

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThousands of people flee Burma each year, escaping poverty, oppression, and civil war.The nearest escape for most is Thailand, where they experience both despair and hope. Burmese refugee, Dr. Cynthia Maung, runs a small, modest public health clinic near the border in Thailand, and is making a difference in her community by providing essential services not available to most residents of the poor region.Mothers line up with children, waiting for immunizations. In another line, couples with newborns wait for documents certifying their children were born in Thailand. The documents take the place of birth certificates Thailand refuses to issue.These people are refugees, and in the eyes of Thailand’s authorities, they do not exist.But to Dr. Cynthia Maung, they do matter. Dr. Cynthia is a Burmese physician and a refugee herself. She makes a difference for thousands of her fellow refugees in Thailand and for many more inside Burma. For example, the Burmese physician founded the Mae Tao Clinic, a safe haven where miracles happen every day.Dr. Cynthia fled Burma in 1988 following an army crackdown on those who demonstrated for democracy and justice.“I joined with the demonstration group and then when the military seized power, people started disappearing, or missing, or fled to the border. I myself also decided to come to the border to continue struggling or working for political change,” she says.In a two-room shack, she started doing amputations and delivering babies using instruments sterilized in a rice cooker. Young volunteer medics trained by Dr. Cynthia treat everything from landmine injuries to gastroenteritis.With donations from NGO’s and foreign governments, including the United States, Dr. Cynthia’s work has a reputation for a making a little money go a long way.One hundred 50 thousand people come here for treatment each year. Those who can, pay under a dollar.Dr. Cynthia lives in modest quarters next to the clinic. She could have immigrated to the West and be making a huge salary. But for Dr. Cynthia, this is a greater calling.“When we live here, we are not only treating illnesses, we can also educate young people who can go back and work in their community and who are very willing to promote the health activities in their village. So it is a very good opportunity for young people to give education and to give more hope,” she says.The clinic trains volunteer medics who fan out into the ethnic Karen and other isolated areas of Burma. Some of the volunteers are former patients who, once desperate for help, are now the ones helping. It is they who embody Dr. Cynthia’s vision.The Burmese physician says young people should be taught “not to feel as victims.” Instead, she says, they should see themselves as “people who can change or improve the situation.”Dr. Cynthia is reviled by Burma’s military government. To the generals, she is a terrorist and an insurgent. To the thousands she treats and trains, she is a saint.Part of VOA’s new Making a Difference series. Each week, VOA introduces a different individual – famous or lesser-known – working to help others. See the video to this story on VOA’s website. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Chelsea beaten in Club World Cup final

first_imgCorinthians 1 Chelsea 0Paolo Guerrero’s winner condemned Chelsea to defeat in the Club World Cup final in Japan.Corinthians’ 69th-minute breakthrough came when Danilo’s shot was blocked by Gary Cahill and the ball looped towards Guerrero, who headed past three players – Ashley Cole, David Luiz and Ramires – on the line.AdChoices广告And Chelsea finished the match with 10 men after Cahill was red-carded in the 90th minute following a tangle with Emerson.The European champions, with the fit-again Frank Lampard restored as captain and Luiz back in the centre of defence, almost went ahead in the first half when Cahill’s close-range shot was stopped on the line by keeper Cassio.An error by Cahill then handed a chance to Emerson, who fired wastefully over.The Blues had another let-off when Guerrero wriggled away from Cahill and Luiz before mis-hitting a shot towards Emerson, whose effort from a tight angle struck the outside of the post.But Chelsea finished the half strongly and Cassio had to produce good saves to deny Fernando Torres, Victor Moses and Juan Mata.The impressive Cassio also kept out Eden Hazard before Corinthians broke the deadlock following a spell of pressure.Cassio came up with more heroics five minutes from time, pulling off a point-blank save from Torres, who should have scored.After Cahill’s dismissal, Torres did find the net but was in an offside position to head in Oscar’s cross.Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic (Azpilicueta 83), Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Moses (Oscar 72), Mata, Hazard (Marin 86), Torres.Subs not used: Turnbull, Mikel, Ferreira, Sturridge, Terry, Bertrand, Piazon, Saville, Hilario. See also:Frustrated Lampard bemoans Chelsea’s missed chancesChelsea v Corinthians player ratings Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookcenter_img 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last_img read more

AFCON Winner Emenike Urges Youngsters To Aspire For Laurels (AUDIO)

first_imgFormer Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike has advised young footballers to always aspire to win laurels with the national team because the ‘great deal’ of trophies is often the only thing that makes international careers worthwhile.The former Fenerbahce and Spartak Moscow forward spear-headed Nigeria’s attack as the Super Eagles claimed a 3rd Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa, seven years ago, under the tutelage of late Stephen Keshi.Looking back at the glorious moment, as well as the euphoria, paparazzi and fame that followed it, the 32-year-old, who retired from international football in 2015, said: “Winning (2013) AFCON was a great feeling at that moment, but I didn’t know how big it was till now that I have stopped playing for the national team and seeing the way people appreciate me when I go out there.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download Audio“I think winning AFCON is a big thing. So, I advise every young player to always put this in their mind that winning something for Nigeria is a big deal. You won’t understand how big it is until you stop playing for Nigeria. But it is a big, big, big deal – winning something for Nigeria,” Emenike stressed.Aside from helping Nigeria win the 2013 AFCON, Emenike also emerged as the tournament’s joint-topscorer with 4 goals, a feat he said he never planned for heading to South Africa.“Being the top scorer is great; it’s good, which is something I did put in my head before going into the tournament,” he said.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download Audio“What we had in our head was to win the trophy, but coming out as the top scorer was great. Aside from being the top scorer, winning the tournament, that is, winning those two trophies was a big bonus in my life.”The former Olympiacos and West Ham striker managed 9 goals in 37 appearances with the Super Eagles before his premature retirement from the national team in 2015 following a 4-year stint.Emenike is currently a free agent after leaving Belgian side Westerlo in 2019.RelatedEmenike Backs Obasi’s Super Eagles Bribery ClaimsMay 13, 2020In “Featured”2019 AFCON: Nigeria Lacks Star Players – RohrFebruary 13, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: Tanzania Football Federation Guarantee Emmanuel Amuneke’s FutureJuly 3, 2019In “AFCON”last_img read more