Group helps political prisoners in Myanmar

by Herald Tribune
MAE SOT, Thailand: By the time he had contracted tuberculosis, Htay Aung, a dissident jailed for seven years in Myanmar, was incapable of telling prison guards about his condition. He had already lost his voice from the years of exposure to the cold concrete floor that prisoners slept on.

So Htay Aung decided to announce his illness in a more graphic form. He coughed up enough blood to fill a small cup. “When the guard came around I showed him,” said Htay Aung, who has now recuperated but whose voice remains raspy. “They transferred me to the leprosy ward.” continue

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