2013 Dr Cynthia Maung

2013 Dr Cynthia Maung

On Saturday 17th August the Sydney Peace Foundation announced that Dr Cynthia Maung, founder of Mae Tao Clinic, has been selected to receive the 2013 Sydney Peace Prize.

The Sydney Peace Prize Jury’s citation reads: “Dr Maung: for her dedication to multi-ethnic democracy, human rights and the dignity of the poor and dispossessed, and for establishing health services for victims of conflict.”

Dr Maung, ethnic Karen, fled her native Burma during the pro-democracy uprising of 1988 and set up the Mae Tao Clinic on the Thai-Burmese border, where each year 700 staff treat over 150,000 people including refugees, migrant workers and orphans. Dr Maung has advanced the cause of peace in the AsiaPacific region and upheld the best humanitarian and ethical traditions of the medical profession.

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Singapore Airlines, a Partner in Peace, will fly Dr Maung to Australia in the first week of November to deliver the annual City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture and receive the Prize at an Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

The City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture was held at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 6 November and the following evening a Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony was held at MacLaurin Hall, University of Sydney. On the Friday Cabramatta High School welcomed Dr Cynthia Maung and celebrated her achievements at their 2013 Peace Day.

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