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Still No Peace for Refugees: Dr. Cynthia

5 November 2013

Dr. Cynthia Maung, the founder of the Mae Tao Clinic in the Thai-Burmese border town of Mae Sot, has described the ceasefire in Burma’s border regions as “fragile” and urged the international community not to forget about those displaced by decades of conflict. In an interview with Australia’s AAP news agency, this year’s recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize highlighted the plight of children born in refugee camps and left stateless and vulnerable to exploitation. “The ceasefire is very fragile. People want to go back to their community but they are afraid,” she said. She will deliver the Peace Prize Lecture at Sydney’s Town Hall on Wednesday before receiving the prize on Thursday.

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