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The Freedom Collection Spotlights Burma's Dr. Cynthia Maung

February 1, 2013 by Christopher Walsh

Tomorrow in Washington, Dr. Cynthia Maung, an inaugural member of the Freedom Collection, will receive the National Endowment for Democracy’s 2012 Democracy Award.  This honor recognizes the sacrifice of Burma's freedom advocates in advancing the cause of liberty so that others may be inspired to join their noble cause.  Hear the story of Dr. Cynthia’s tireless struggle to provide medical treatment to poor refugees from Burma, as her devotion to healthcare and democracy drove her into the Burmese jungle to escape the junta’s repression and eventually to the Thai-Burma border where she now provides medical care for those in desperation:Dr. Cynthia will receive the award along with fellow Burmese dissidents Min Ko Naing, Hkun Htun Oo, Kyaw Thu, and Aung Din.  As part of her historic visit to the United States, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be in attendance to pay tribute to these brave activists. This post was written by Christopher Walsh, Program Coordinator of the Freedom Collection.


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Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh serves as a Manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies.  He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.

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